Seven die in Colombia plane crash

UNTV News   •   September 16, 2019   •   194

A small plane crashed near the southwestern Colombian city of Popayan on Sunday (September 15), killing seven of the nine passengers aboard, the city’s mayor and the country’s civil aviation authority said.

The incident occurred just a few minutes after the aircraft, owned by a small local company, took off from the airport in Popayan, a city of about 270,000 surrounded by mountains. The other two passengers were injured and were being treated at a hospital, Police Chief Fabian Cardenas told the media.

Video footage showed parts of the airplane scattered on top of houses in the area. Colombia’s civil aviation authority said in a statement it was investigating the cause. (REUTERS)

Drug smugglers use cocaine packs as floaties in dramatic sea rescue

Robie de Guzman   •   October 3, 2019

Three alleged drug smugglers were rescued from the Pacific Ocean’s high seas off Colombia’s coast by members of Colombia’s army after they were found using their cocaine packs as floaties.

According to officials, the smugglers’ boat sank on Saturday (September 28) forcing those onboard to use their cargo to keep them afloat.

Authorities report 1.2 tonnes of cocaine was seized by coast guard officers alongside the trio, who will now face drugs-related charges. (Reuters)

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Forest fire burns Cristo Rey monument area in Colombia

Jeck Deocampo   •   September 11, 2019

Emergency officials stepped in after massive fire burns near tourist spots in Colombia on Tuesday (September 10)

Video shared with Reuters showed the fire burning mass areas of the hill holding Cristo Rey, or Christ the King monument in Cali, about 450 kilometres southeast of Bogota.

Local media said that the fire department deployed crews to control the blaze first reported at 1:40pm local time (1740GMT).

No injuries were reported after the fires died down at 10pm (0200GMT), however the inferno threatened several areas in Cali including the Cali zoo. (REUTERS)

Duterte visits wake of pilots in Laguna plane crash

Robie de Guzman   •   September 6, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte commiserates with the family of the late First Officer Lino Cruz III as he visits the wake at the Loyola Memorial Park in Parañaque City on September 5, 2019. Cruz was the co-pilot of the Beechcraft King Air 350 with registry number RP-C2296 that crashed in Calamba City, Laguna last September 1. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday paid his last respects to the pilots who died in a plane crash in Calamba, Laguna last Sept. 1.

Photos released by Malacañang on Friday showed Duterte visiting the wake of Captain Jesus Hernandez and First Officer Lino Cruz III at the Loyola Memorial Park in Parañaque City.

Hernandez and Cruz were among the nine fatalities from the medical evacuation aircraft which crashed into a resort in Calamba City.

The Beechcraft King Air 350 light aircraft with registry number RP-C2296 was transporting a patient from Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte to Manila when it lost radar contact at around 3:10 p.m.

Witnesses to the incident said parts of the airplane were already disintegrating before it crashed into the ground.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said it is already in possession of the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder of Lion Air 350, and the investigation is underway.

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