Anti-Drug Plane Crashes in Colombia, Kills Four People

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A small plane on a U.S. counter-drug mission crashed in Colombia on Saturday, killing three American contractors and one Panamanian National Guardsman. Two other Americans were seriously injured. 

According to the Huffington Post, the “Dash 8” plane was tracking a smuggling vessel over the western Caribbean when it lost contact with the U.S-sponsored multinational task force based in Key West, Florida, known as JIATF-South.

Jody Draves, the spokeswoman for the task force, said that the plane was operating in coordination with a Colombian surface vessel before it crashed near the city of Capurgana, near the border of Panama and Colombia. 

The two injured Americans were rescued by Colombian soldiers and taken to a hospital in Bogota. Carlos Ivan Marquez, chief of Colombia’s national office for disaster response, said the surviving Americans had multiple bone fractures and burns on over 40 percent of their bodies. Their names were withheld pending notification of next-of-kin. 

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