Seven military personnel killed in Venezuela helicopter crash
The Cougar Siglas helicopter was flying from Caracas to San Carlos, in the state of Cojedes. The helicopter crashed shortly after leaving the Venezuelan capital in a wooded area of the Caracas municipality of El Hatillo.
(((SIN VIDA))) #Miranda#ElHatillo sector El Volcán, #Oripoto, se precipitó a tierra helicóptero Cougar 59580, de la #FAN, estaba siendo tripuladoMY Alexis ÁvilaCap Carlos RamírezMY Jacinto RengifoTCnel Tomás Ortega y 3pasajeros. Habría despegado desde San Carlos Edo. Cojedes pic.twitter.com/4DN6fevJdI— Billy Castro ♊️ CRGV #2111 (@Birrilly) May 4, 2019
Nicolás Maduro has expressed his condolences to the relatives and friends of the “worthy officers of the country” who have lost their lives in the incident.
¡Pueblo venezolano! En horas de la mañana de hoy #4May se precipitó a tierra un helicóptero de nuestra #FANB, perdiendo la vida 7 dignos oficiales de la Patria. Lamento profundamente este incidente y expreso mis sentidas condolencias a sus familiares y amigos.— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) May 5, 2019
On Saturday Maduro was overseeing training exercises in El Pao, Cojedes state. He accused Washington and supporters of opposition leader Juan Guaido of conspiracy “to weaken, divide and destroy the Bolivarian Armed Forces from within” with lots of money. He urged the soldiers to say no to traitors.Also on rt.com Maduro instructs military to prepare to repel US attack on Venezuela
Guaido called for the ouster of Maduro last Tuesday, claiming that the military was on his side, but that attempt failed after two days of protests as the army remained predominantly faithful to the elected president.
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