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  • Bolivia's President Evo speaks during an interview at the San Gabriel Radio in El Alto.

    Bolivia's President Evo speaks during an interview at the San Gabriel Radio in El Alto. | Photo: Reuters

Published 4 November 2019

The emergency landing was as a result of a mechanical failure in the aircraft that was noticed by the pilot upon takeoff. 

The Bolivian Air Force reported Monday that a presidential helicopter moving President Evo Morales had to make an emergency landing due to a mechanical failure, near Colquiri (La Paz), where the Bolivian president was inaugurating a road.

Through a statement, the air force explained that during the takeoff the pilot had noticed a problem and landed immediately.

The statement said that an investigation will be carried out into the accident, while also confirming that there were no injuries to the president or others who were with him in the aircraft. 

"The FAB according to the rules will proceed to activate the Accident Investigation Board; more details regarding the event will be given according to the progress of the investigation."

the Minister of the Presidency Juan Ramón Quintana confirmed to teleSUR's correspondent Freddy Morales that the emergency landing took place because the tail rotor suffered a failure which prompted the pilot to land immediately,

Minutes before the incident took place, the Bolivian president was inaugurating a road between the towns of Colquiri and Caracollo.

During that ceremony, Morales reiterated his call to defend peace and democracy in the country in the face of the opposition calls for protests and blockades, which have been infiltrated by violent groups.

He also urged the opposition to deliver the alleged evidence of "electoral fraud" to electoral organizations that came to the South American nation to audit the elections of October 20, in which Morales was reelected for a fourth term. 

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