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Helicopter crashes after Galeras overflight: one dead 27 November 2009

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A helicopter of the Colombian Air Force crashed yesterday on its return to a military airfield in Pasto after completing an overflight of Galeras volcano for the Colombian geological service INGEOMINAS. The helicopter was carrying two Air Force crew and two INGEOMINAS personnel. The co-pilot, an Air Force lieutenant, died in the accident.

In co-operation with the Colombian Air Force, INGEOMINAS operates a programme of frequent overflights as part of its work of monitoring Colombia’s active volcanoes. Such overflights are a vital element in the monitoring and research work carried out by volcanological and geological authorities across the world. This accident is a sad reminder that this essential work is not without risk.

INGEOMINAS statement, 26 November 2009 (PDF)

For all our Galeras coverage: Galeras « The Volcanism Blog.

News
Muere copiloto de aeronave que se accidentó en Pasto – Caracol Radio, 26 November 2009
Muere teniente de la FAC al caer helicóptero cerca del GalerasLa Vanguardia Liberal, 26 October 2009
Accidentado helicóptero que sobrevoló el GalerasEl Tiempo, 26 November 2009
Accidente de helicóptero de la Fuerza Aérea deja un muerto – W Radio, 27 November 2009

Information
Global Volcanism Program – Galeras – summary information for Galeras (1501-08=)
Portal Corporativo de INGEOMINAS – Instituto Colombiano de Geología y Minería
Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Pasto – Pasto volcanological observatory main page

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