Venezuelan Military Helicopter Crashes in Caracas

  • In a statement, the Venezuelan defense ministry said on Saturday that a military helicopter lost control and crashed close to Caracas. The accident killed all 7 people onboard. While indicating that the concerned authorities are probing the cause of the accident, the statement said that the military helicopter took off from Venezuelan capital Caracas to Cojedes (a west-central state of Venezuela). In a televised speech, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday that the series of army drills in Cojedes show that the country is ready to stand against any threat against US offensive. In response to the helicopter crash in Caracas, Maduro said later in a tweet that "I profoundly regret this incident and express my heartfelt condolences to their relatives and friend."