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Guyana Army finds helicopter that disappeared near the border

The Guyana Army found, this Thursday (7), a military helicopter that had disappeared near the border with Venezuela on Wednesday (6).

“The accident site where a Guyana Defense Force Bell 412 helicopter crashed yesterday has been positively identified and the aircraft sighted,” the Guyana Defense Force said in a statement.

“Search and rescue teams also reported positive signs of life at the scene. The troops are being transported by rappel to the exact location,” he added.

Shortly afterwards, the Army supplemented the information by saying that “adverse weather conditions” prevented the rescue team’s attempt to access the site. The forecast is that a new attempt would take place at 12:45 pm, local time (1:45 pm, Brasília time).

The Bell 412 model aircraft departed from Ayanganna Base Camp, in the capital Georgetown, at 9:23 am local time, this Wednesday (6) heading to the village of Arau, near the Venezuelan border, when it disappeared.

Three crew and four passengers were on board.

According to the country’s Department of Public Information, the aircraft transmitted an emergency signal at 11:20 am about 30 miles from the village.

There is no information about the identity of the passengers on board or what caused the helicopter to crash.

In recent days, tension has grown in the Essequibo region, on the border with Venezuela, due to a referendum held by the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, with the intention of annexing the territory.

Source: CNN Brasil

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