Seven army officers have died in Venezuela after their helicopter crashed on Saturday.
The group had been travelling to San Carlos in Cojedes state, the place Nicolas Maduro, the nation’s president, was overseeing coaching workouts at a army facility.
The Cougar helicopter the lads have been travelling in plunged right into a mountain outdoors Caracas, Venezuela’s capital within the early hours of the day.
An investigation has been opened into the reason for the crash.
Two lieutenant colonels and 5 lower-ranking officers have been killed within the crash, a spokesperson for Venezuela’s armed forces stated in a press release.
It’s unclear in the event that they have been a part of the presidential delegation travelling to San Carlos.
“I deeply remorse this incident and categorical my heartfelt condolences…to household and pals,” Mr Maduro stated on Twitter, in response to the crash.
He described the troopers as “seven worthy officers”.
The fatalities comply with additional political upheaval in Venezuela.
A small group of safety forces turned towards the embattled president earlier this week, as opposition chief Juan Guaido led a failed try to overthrow Mr Maduro.
The president’s go to to the army academy on Saturday highlighted the opposition’s failure to steer safety forces to assist Mr Guaido.
Mr Guaido’s backers blame the Maduro administration for authoritarianism, mismanagement and state corruption in Venezuela.
The president in flip has tried to painting Venezuela as a sufferer of US plotting towards socialism.
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