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Minister, 3 others killed in crash

June 28, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The interior minister and deputy interior minister were killed when a helicopter carrying four people crashed in bad weather north of the capital, a government spokesman said.

Interior Minister Vinicio Gomez, Deputy Interior Minister Edgar Hernandez, the pilot and the copilot all died in the crash, presidential spokesman Fernando Barillas said.

The helicopter took off from Guatemala City bound for the northern jungle region of Peten, but crashed near the town of Senahu, Barillas said.

President Alvaro Colom was in Mexico for a summit.

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