Colonel Manuel Lopez, chief of the General Staff of the Air Forces of Nicaragua, and eight others, including from the leadership of the country's army, were killed in a plane crash that occurred near the western shore of Lake Managua, Reuters reports.
A Russian-made military helicopter Mi-17, flying near the city of Cuatro Palos, for unknown reasons crashed to the ground. According to preliminary data, the aircraft caught fire in the air and exploded, reports RIA "News".
It was established that Mi-17 was returning to a military base in the city of La Paz Centro. It fell 57 kilometers west of the capital, Managua. According to ITAR-TASS, shortly before the crash, the helicopter pilot managed to transmit information to the dispatchers about the occurrence of an abnormal situation on board. The causes of the crash are established.
According to the authorities, among those killed, in addition to the head of the General Staff of the Air Force, were the head of the counter-intelligence service of the Air Force, Colonel Chester Vargas, the head of the country's air defense service, Aldo Herrera, and other high-ranking officials. According to the press, the dead soldiers stood at the origins of the creation of the armed forces of Nicaragua after the victory of the revolution in 1979.