(CNN Spanish) — Colombian President Gustavo Pedro tweeted on Sunday that four soldiers died when a military helicopter crashed in Quito, Choco.
In a message, Pedro pointed it out The plane “rushed” ashore while “executing supply duties”. He did not give further details.
The Colombian National Army confirmed on the company’s verified Twitter account the names of those killed in the crash: Captain Hector Jerez Ochoa, Lieutenant Juliet García Cordero and Second Sergeants Johan Orozco Neira and Ruben Leguizamón Perilla.
In 2020, 31-year-old Lt. García Cordero became the first female military pilot to fly a UH1N helicopter.
(5) Lt. Juliet Girlesa García Cordero, 31 years old, Cúcuta, Norte de Santander, promoted to second lieutenant in 2015.
Lt. Garcia is the National Army’s first female pilot in the UH1N helicopter in 2020. pic.twitter.com/yuHaHp7D3e
– Colombian National Army (@COL_EJERCITO) March 19, 2023
“I have ordered officials to go to the area immediately to deal with the emergency and investigate the reasons for what happened,” the president explained.
In another message on the same platform, Pedro said, “I regret to announce it with sadness There were no survivors “Air Crash in Quito”.
CNN is trying to get more information about the incident.
Fernando Ramos contributed to this report.