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South American Air Force Chief Dies in Crash

South American Air Force Chief Dies in Crash

The head of Nicaragua’s air force is among 10 people killed when their helicopter crashed near Lake Managua.

The Nicaraguan army said in a statement Friday that air force Chief of Staff Col. Manuel Lopez was traveling with nine other top air force officials, including the chief of intelligence and counter-intelligence, when their helicopter, a Russian-built Mil Mi-17, went down on Thursday.

Authorities have recovered one body from the crash, which took place in the town of La Paz Centro, about 35 miles west of Managua.

For the complete story by The Associated Press, click here.

Photo by Agencia EFE

Updated: June 22, 2013 — 1:51 AM

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