US contracted counter-drug aircraft crashes in Caribbean; Four killed

U.S. Southern Command
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Date: 10.05.2013
Posted: 10.06.2013 15:27
News ID: 114823

MIAMI – A U.S.-contracted detection and monitoring aircraft crashed today into the Caribbean Sea, near the Colombia-Panama border. Four of the plane’s six crewmembers were killed; search crews rescued two survivors. The DH-8 aircraft was in support of Operation Martillo, and was monitoring coastal drug trafficking lanes in the Western Caribbean when it crashed just before 2 a.m.

Names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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