A Mil Mi-17 ‘Hip’ transport helicopter operated by the Colombian Army crashed in a remote northern region of the country on 16 January with the loss of all 10 on board, the service has confirmed.
The Russian-built rotorcraft was carrying eight military and two civilian personnel when it came down near the town of Segovia.
While the cause of the crash is being investigated, the Reuters news agency noted that the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebel group is active in the area in which the helicopter was lost.
Prior to this incident, the Colombian Army fielded 11 Mi-17V-5 and Mi-17MD-variant helicopters which it began receiving in 2002.
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