5 die as helicopter on mission for Colombia's military crashes

Colombia's army says a private helicopter on a mission for the military has crashed in the country's northwest, killing all five people aboard.

Gen Leonardo Pinto said Saturday that two soldiers, a police officer, a military priest and the aircraft's pilot died in the crash in the rural region of Anori, about 180 miles (300 kilometers) northwest of Bogota.

The craft owned by the Sociedad Aeronautica Santander SA had been missing since Thursday.

Pinto did not say what caused the crash.

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