Six people sustained injuries and another eleven went missing in Colombia after a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter belonging to the country's military crashed, Reuters reported, citing a local official.
On Tuesday evening, Colombian military officials confirmed that nine soldiers had been killed in the crash, according to Reuters. The report did not mention how many remain injuring or missing.
"From 3:00 a.m. Today, The Army Air Assault Aviation Division has no communication with the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, registration EJC 2176, which was in operational support in the general area of Mitu, Vaupes - the National Army reports at this time", Colombian journalist Manuel García Riaño reported on Twitter.
Desde las 3:00 a.m. de hoy la División de Aviación de Asalto Aéreo del Ejército no tiene comunicación con el helicóptero UH-60 Black Hawk, de matrícula EJC 2176, que se encontraba en apoyo operacional en el área general de Mitú, Vaupés. Informa a esta hora el Ejército Nacional— Manuel García Riaño (@ManuGarciaRiano) July 21, 2020
According to the journalist, citing the army, the helicopter's crew was made up of a pilot-in-command, a senior degree; the pilot, a captain degree; the crew chief, a sergeant vice-first grade; the flight crewman, a second sergeant degree, and two non-commissioned officers.
Story was updated to include the Colombian Army's report on deaths.