Drug flight down in Colombia, 3 Americans killed

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.S. military says a small plane on a U.S. counter-drug mission crashed Saturday in a remote, jungle region of northern Colombia, killing three Americans and a Panamanian National Guardsman and seriously injuring the other two Americans aboard.

The military says the Havilland Dash 8 was flying over the western Caribbean when it lost radio contact with the U.S.-sponsored multinational task force in Key West, Fla., that runs drug interdiction in region.

Such planes typically track speedboats that smuggle cocaine from Colombia north into Central America and the Caribbean.

It’s not immediately clear if the Americans aboard were all military contractors, although the U.S. Southern Command did say that plane was contracted by the U.S. government.

The twin-engine turboprop plane went down close to the border with Panama.

Southcom says the two injured Americans were rescued by Colombian soldiers and taken to a hospital in the capital, Bogota.

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