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Helicopter with 13 people on board missing in Amazon rainforest in Venezuela

Venezuelan teams are searching in the Amazon rainforest for a military helicopter that went missing with as many as 13 people on board.

Communications minister Ernesto Villegas said the Russian-built aircraft was supposed to have landed in the tiny settlement of La Esmeralda on Friday.

He did not say how many people were on board, but local media reported the army helicopter was carrying 13 people, including five civilians.

Mr Villegas said eight military aeroplanes were in the area and would continue their search until the aircraft was located.

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