Helicopter spirals out of control in horror crash killing four soldiers

A group of soldiers have tragically died after their spiralled out of control and crashed during a supply run.

Footage began circulating on social media, showing the helicopter falling out of the sky in Quibdó area in Chocó, in the west of the country.

President Gustavo Petro confirmed none of the four soldiers in the aircraft had survived the crash which occurred while they were performing a supply run on Sunday (March 19).

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The president tweeted: "It is with sadness that I am sorry to report that there were no survivors in the plane crash in Quibdó."

"I accompany the families of the CT. Hector Jerez, TE. Julieth Garcia, SS. Johan Orozco and SS. Ruben Leguizamon in this painful moment. We will not leave them alone," he said in a translated tweet.

Earlier, the president said: "A few minutes ago, an Army helicopter crashed in Quibdó while carrying out supply tasks."

"I have given the order to the authorities to move immediately to the area to deal with the emergency and investigate the causes of what happened."

Titán Joint Task Force Commander Hector Alfonso Candelarion called the crash a "tragic accident", Mirror reports.

On hitting the ground, the aircraft was "totally incinerated", it was reported.

Immediately after the crash, two bodies were found before a search was conducted to track down the remains of the two other soldiers.

A photograph of one of the victims, Héctor Mauricio Jerez Ochoa, a pilot for the National Army, was shared by local outlet Vanguardia, with Julieth Garcia's picture being shared a few hours later.

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Ms Garcia, who was skilled in advanced combat, skydiving and communication, was the first woman of her rank and size to fly a UH 1N helicopter.

Chocó Governor Farlin Perea Rentería said she was sending her support to "the relatives and friends of the members of the Colombian Army who were part of the supply work in the department."

She added she is "supporting the pertinent investigations into the event that occurred today in Quibdó".


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