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Firefighters and police inspect the site where a Colombian air force helicopter crashed in a rural area of the town of Sabanagrande (AP)

Firefighters and police inspect the site where a Colombian air force helicopter crashed in a rural area of the town of Sabanagrande (AP)

Firefighters and police inspect the site where a Colombian air force helicopter crashed in a rural area of the town of Sabanagrande (AP)

A Colombian air force helicopter has crashed near the Caribbean coast and all 13 people aboard have been killed.

Atlantico state civil defence director Jorge Fernandez said the aircraft crashed in a field in a rural area of the town of Sabanagrande.

Two officials put the death toll at 13.

They said that the aircraft caught fire as it fell to the ground and that police and air force personnel were aboard.

Colombia's air force said on its website that the Bell 212 helicopter crashed and that the incident is under investigation.

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