A Venezuelan Air Force AS532 Cougar military helicopter crashed outside Caracas in the early hours of May 4 killing all seven people on board.
The helicopter was flying from Caracas to San Carlos, in the state of Cojedes. The aircraft crashed shortly after leaving the Venezuelan capital in a wooded area of the Caracas municipality of El Hatillo.
The deceased include three captains, two majors and two lieutenant-colonels.
Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro has expressed his condolences to the family and friends of the officers who have lost their lives in the incident.
¡Pueblo venezolano! En horas de la mañana de hoy #4May se precipitó a tierra un helicóptero de nuestra #FANB, perdiendo la vida 7 dignos oficiales de la Patria. Lamento profundamente este incidente y expreso mis sentidas condolencias a sus familiares y amigos.
— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) May 5, 2019
Eurocopter AS532 Cougar (now Airbus Helicopters H215M) is a twin-engine, medium-weight, multipurpose helicopter developed by France. The AS532 is a development and upgrade of the Aérospatiale SA 330 Puma in its militarized form. Its civilian counterpart is the Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma. The AS532 has been further developed as the Eurocopter EC725.