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  • The helicopter crashed in the Colombian border town of Paraguachon.

    The helicopter crashed in the Colombian border town of Paraguachon. | Photo: Courtesy W Radio

Published 28 December 2015

Colombia's Defense Minister confirmed that the helicopter was not violating his country’s sovereignty.

A helicopter belonging to Venezuela’s National Guard crashed in the Colombian border town of Paraguachon due to “adverse weather conditions,” Venezuela’s foreign minister confirmed through Twitter Monday.

“Adverse weather conditions led to this unfortunate accident. We thank Colombian authorities who provided support to the officers,” tweeted Delcy Rodriguez, Venezuela’s top diplomat.

The aircraft fell at around 10:30 a.m. local time, landing "a maximum of 7 or 10 meters" inside Colombian territory.

Colombia’s Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said the injured pilot and copilot were rescued by Venezuelan authorities. "It was a fly-over in Venezuelan territory," said Villegas, who added that the event was not a violation of Colombian sovereignty.

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The Colombian Civil Aeronautics initially told AFP that there were three wounded, all of them taken to medical centers in the Venezuelan city of Maracaibo, about 120 kilometers east of where the accident occurred.

"We will proceed through diplomatic channels with the government of Venezuela to establish where the wreckage will be sent," said Villegas.

Colombia and Venezuela share a 2,219 kilometer border, part of which has been closed since an attack by Colombian paramilitaries on Venezuelan troops in August.

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