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Three Americans Are Killed in Plane Crash in Colombia

Accident Suspected in Death of Crew Employed by Pentagon to Find Captured U.S. Contractors. Three Americans working for the Pentagon died in a plane crash Tuesday evening in southern Colombia as they searched for three other Americans captured by rebels after a similar accident last month, U.S. and Colombian officials said today. A Cessna 208 carrying the workers crashed near the Colombian army post of Larandia, 240 miles south of here, around 7:30 p.m. Officials said the plane, which was the same model as the one that crashed Feb. 13 with a five-member crew, did not transmit a distress signal before ground controllers lost radio contact. The plane apparently hit a sheer mountain face behind the town of El Paujil, 15 miles northwest of the army post. Colombian troops who have been scouring the mountainous jungles of Caqueta province for the three missing Americans arrived quickly at the crash site, officials said. They found the plane’s charred wreckage and what appeared to be the remains of the three-member crew. Officials did not identify the men, pending notification of next of kin. Full Story

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