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Colombia: Airforce plane crashes killing 11 people


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At least 11 people were killed on Friday after a Colombian airforce plane crashed caused by what officials say was due mechanical problems, AFP reported on adding that earlier in the day, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos had announced that 12 people died in the mishap, but officials walked that figure back a short time later.

Santos, in a Twitter message, reportedlyexpressed "regret" over the deadly accident and offered condolences to the families of those who died.AFP says the Colombian leader said the military transport plane signaled that it was experiencing engine problems prior to the crash, which had no survivors.

The plane crashed in Las Palomas region, some 800 kilometers (500 miles) northeast of Bogota.

 

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