Colombia

March 29, 2013 - 9:50am

The Colombian Army formally inducted into its fleet five new Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters. Colombia is the first South American country to acquire the S-70i variant, which is assembled at Sikorsky’s PZL Mielec facility in Poland.

Sikorsky said the helicopters were custom-equipped in the U.S. for the special forces of the Colombian army’s air assault division. They join a national fleet of 96 UH-60L Black Hawks operated by the Colombian National Police, army and air force. Colombia operates the world’s fourth-largest Black Hawk fleet.

March 25, 2008 - 6:20am

Marxist rebels on February 20 abducted a Colombian senator after hijacking an Aires Colombia de Havilland Dash 8 flying a domestic service from the southern city of Neiva to Bogota.

August 27, 2007 - 11:37am

Bell 206L-3 LongRanger, Simiti, Bolivar, Colombia, June 5, 2007 – The pilot and copilot were killed and four passengers seriously injured when the Colombian-registered Long-Ranger crashed in unknown circumstances in a mountainous area of “hostile rebel activity.” Colombia’s Unidad Administrativa Especial de Aeronáutica Civil is investigating the accident.

April 5, 2007 - 11:38am

Following the fatal crashes of a Piper Navajo on September 1 in Bogotá and an MD-82 operated by Colombian carrier West Caribbean Airlines on August 16 in Venezuela, the Colombian Civil Aviation Authority (Aerocivil) ordered the “indefinite suspension” of all general aviation operations at Guaymaral and El Dorado International Airports in Bogotá, Alfonso Bonilla International Airport in Cali and Jose Maria Cordoba International and Olaya Herrer

 
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