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U.S. Plane with Three Aboard Crashes in Colombia

A U.S. government plane with three Americans aboard crashed on Tuesday in Colombia during a search and rescue operation for Defense Department contractors taken hostage by leftist rebels last month, a U.S. embassy official said. Details were scarce, with the official saying only that Colombian forces had reached the site of the wrecked Cessna aircraft in the southern, war-torn province of Caqueta. He declined comment on the possible fate of the three Americans and refused to reveal their identities, saying their families would first be notified. When asked whether the Americans were found at the crash site, or were still unaccounted for, he responded: “We’re getting some confused information on that. … “We should have more (details) for you in the morning.” The episode echoed the Feb 13th crash of a U.S.-operated Cessna, also in Caqueta. Marxist rebels with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known by its Spanish initials FARC, grabbed three Americans from the crash site and declared them “prisoners of war.” Full Story

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