Seven increases the number of soldiers killed in helicopter crash in Colombia http://www.telesurtv.net/noticias/secciones/nota/70557-NN/a-siete-aumenta-la-cifra-de-militares-muertos-por-choque-de-helicopteros-en-colombia/
The death toll from the collision of two helicopters near a military base, located in the Colombian department of Tolima (south), amounted to seven, after the Monday night aerotechnical died on one of the devices. According to the Colombian press, at approximately 23:00 hours local time Tuesday (0400 GMT Wednesday) died aerotechnical Sorza Victor Pulido, who after the crash injured had been taken to hospital in the city of Neiva, capital of the department of Huila (south).
The two aircraft, one civil and one from the Army, who were carrying out operations to find the whereabouts of the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Alfonso Cano, crashed just after taking off from the base in the municipality of Chaparral. Four other soldiers were wounded in the helicopter crash, which occurred at 13:45 hours local time on Monday (1845 GMT). The devices involved in the accident were a Bell 222 of Vertical Aviation Company, contractor to the Colombian state oil companies, and a Huey from the Colombian Air Force (FAC).
Among the deaths recorded are found Army General Fernando Joya Duarte, who had been appointed by the President of Colombia Alvaro Uribe Velez, to command the Task Force of Southern Tolima, created by Colombian government's attempts to capture the leader of the FARC. Besides Joya Duarte, in the accident aerotechnic Sorza Victor Pulido, Carlos Arturo Herrera Colonels Brown, commander of the Mobile Brigade 20 of the Army, and Lopera Juan Gonzalo Echeverry, operations officer of Task Force South Tolima also died.
The two aircraft, one civil and one from the Army, who were carrying out operations to find the whereabouts of the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Alfonso Cano, crashed just after taking off from the base in the municipality of Chaparral. Four other soldiers were wounded in the helicopter crash, which occurred at 13:45 hours local time on Monday (1845 GMT).
The four injured are being attended to the Hospital of Neiva and in a hospital in Chaparral, where is located the new military unit created by the Government as part of its policy of war against the FARC rebels. The Government of Colombia has been in dispute with the FARC since the 1960s and this conflict has intensified during the administration of Uribe. After the death of FARC leader, Manuel Marulanda, in 2008, the insurgent group named as his successor, Alfonso Cano, who previously was in charge of the rebel army ideological.
Currently, various sectors of the South American nation, between humanitarian groups such as Colombians for Peace, has asked the country's leaders to pave the way for carrying out a humanitarian agreement with the FARC.
comment-this operation being carried out by top brass appointed to chase after the head of farc alfonso cano begs some questions...one,why were heavy brass travelling in just two hellicopter convoy?secondly why was one a bell 222 belonging to the state oil company?