The accident occurred on Saturday morning, while the helicopter, carrying a total of 12 servicemen, was performing a reconnaissance operation against illicit drug trafficking, according to a CCFFAA statement, released on Twitter.
"The Joint Command of the Armed Forces deeply regrets the death of the courageous members of the Armed Forces and expresses its deepest condolences to their families", the statement says, listing the names of the five soldiers who died in the accident.
Dos militares se encuentran desaparecidos y cinco fueron rescatados con vida en el río Vilcanota. pic.twitter.com/nmDKh9rP2q— Noticias y Tendencias (@Notytend) April 18, 2021
According to CCFFAA, another two servicemen are being searched for, while five others have been rescued.
The accident occurred due to a mechanical failure that caused the helicopter to crash into the Vilcanota River, CCFFAA said.