NewsOne Nigeria reports that no fewer than five Peruvian servicemen have lost their lives in a helicopter crash in the country’s Department of Cusco.
This online news platform understands that that the Army helicopter crash which killed five soldiers was confirmed in a statement released on the micro-blogging site, Twitter by the Joint Command of the Armed Forces of Peru (CCFFAA).
In the statement, CCFFAA said the accident which occurred on Saturday morning, while the helicopter, carrying a total of 12 servicemen, was performing a reconnaissance operation against illicit drug trafficking.
“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 said.
CCFFAA said another two servicemen are being searched for, while five others have been rescued.
The accident occurred as a result of a mechanical failure, which caused the helicopter to crash into the Vilcanota River, CCFFAA said.