BOGOTA – Four Colombian soldiers died and two were injured when their army Black Hawk helicopter went down in the central province of Meta where FARC rebels have a strong presence, military sources reported.
The copter crashed Sunday in a rural area of Meta’s La Uribe municipality for reasons yet to be determined.
The army regretted the death of the soldiers aboard the aircraft and said the two injured men were taken to a hospital where they are now out of danger.
A military communique said that early indications point to “technical failures,” though experts have been sent to the area to investigate the exact reasons why the helicopter crashed.
Meanwhile, the air force said on its Twitter account that an unidentified aircraft provided security in the area so the bodies could be removed from the crash site.
The helicopter went down near La Uribe, historically a stronghold of FARC guerrillas.
The fatalities were identified as the pilot, Capt. Fabian Villamarin Santamaria, Corporal Cristian Torres Rodriguez, and soldiers Jaime Romero Peña and Freddy Diaz Garcia.