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Nicaraguan Air Force chiefs die in crash

A number of senior members of the Nicaraguan air force have been killed in a helicopter crash that has claimed a total of 10 victims.

Air Force Chief of Staff Colonel Manuel Lopez and Counterintelligence head Colonel Chester Vargas were among those killed in the crash, which took place near the capital Managua on Thursday.

The Russian-made Mil Mi-17 helicopter came down near Lake Managua, west of the capital, at around 10:30 a.m. local time (1630 GMT) as it was on its way back from a military base in the northwest of the country.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the incident.

Soldiers in charge of searching the area have recovered a number of bodies from the lake, while strong winds are making the task more difficult.

According to some reports, those aboard the helicopter were coming back from a training session in the northwestern town of La Paz Centro.

The helicopter had sent a distress call moments before it went down.

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This article originally appeared on: Press TV