14 killed in Colombia plane crash 

In a tweet, Colombia's Defensa Civil said police, air force, army personnel, and volunteers from Meta had recovered 14 bodies from the wreckage of the airplane, which crashed in La Bendicion village.

By Author  |  Published: 10th Mar 2019  3:45 pmUpdated: 10th Mar 2019  4:14 pm
Colombia
Picture released by Colombia's Civil Defense press service showing the site of a plane DC-3 crash in San Martin, ntheast of Colombia. Photo: AFP

Bogota: At least 14 people including a minor have been killed in a plane crash in Colombia, officials said. According to officials, the Laser Airlines DC-3 aircraft crashed on Saturday in the Colombian department of Meta, Efe news reported.

In a tweet, Colombia’s Defensa Civil said police, air force, army personnel, and volunteers from Meta had recovered 14 bodies from the wreckage of the airplane, which crashed in La Bendicion village.

Hpicture released by Colombia’s Civil Defense press service showing members of civil defense at the site of a plane DC-3 crash in San Martin, ntheast of Colombia. Photo: AFP

The country’s Civil Aeronautics (civil aviation agency) posted a list on Twitter confirming the people who were aboard the plane, including the three crew members, pilot Jaime Carrillo, co-pilot Jaime Herrera and aviation technician Alex Moreno.

Among the passengers were the mayor of Taraira, a municipality in the department of Vaupes, Doris Villegas, her husband, Alejandro Fonseca, and their daughter.

Lt. Fernando Martinez, coordinator of the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) in Villavicencio, the capital of Meta, initially told reporters that 12 people had died.
“We have a consolidated (figure) of 12 people dead,” Martinez said.

According to Civil Aeronautics, the plane was en route from San Jose del Guaviare town, capital of the department of Guaviare, to Villavicencio.

Martinez said Red Cross personnel and firefighters were sent to the accident site.
A probe to look into the probable causes of the crash is underway.