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Four dead after plane crash in Caribbean Sea
A non-commissioned officer of the U.S. Air Force was among four people killed over the weekend when a turboprop drug-hunting plane lost communications over the western Caribbean, then crashed in northern Colombia.
Two American contractors and a Panama National Guardsman were also killed, and two members of the Dash-8 U.S. contract crew were seriously injured in the crash Saturday morning near the Panamanian border.
The Miami Herald quoted a U.S. Air Force official who said there was “no indication the plane was shot down".
The plane was “contracted by the U.S. government to provide detection and monitoring of drug trafficking routes in the coastal region of Central America,” the official said.
The flight was over the Caribbean working for the Key West-based regional headquarters of U.S. anti-trafficking operation called the Joint Interagency Task Force-South, and notified headquarters that “they had located a suspect vessel,” according to a JIATF spokeswoman Jody Draves.
Team members were contacting the Colombians to conduct either an interdiction or a disruption when communications were lost.
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