11 Colombian military personnel killed in a plane crash

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 06:31 GMT, Aug 1, 2015 |

11 Colombian military personnel killed yesterday (Friday) while their transport plane suffered motor failure and crashed in the northern province of Cesar, killing all on board. 

The burned hulk of the plane was found near the town of Codazzi, about 600 kilometres northeast of Bogota near the border with Venezuela. 

The rescue work has begun and an inspection commission of the air force is being taken to the site of the crash to commence a unified multi-disciplinary investigation of the events. 

President Juan Manuel Santos called the victims “heroes” in a Tweet. 

The crash comes after Santos ordered a halt to air raids against FARC rebel camps as the government seeks to cool hostilities with the Marxist group while the two sides hammer out a peace accord to end five decades of war.

Santos’s decision came just days after a unilateral ceasefire by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) went into effect, providing a breakthrough in talks threatened by a recent escalation of battlefield violence.