Guatemala army chief of staff dies in helicopter crash

A photo taken on September 29, 2013, shows the Guatemalan army chief of Staff Rudy Ortiz, who died when a helicopter crashed in a mountainous regionGuatemalan army chief of staff Rudy Ortiz and four other military officers died Wednesday when their helicopter crashed in a mountainous region where drug traffickers operate, the government said. The crash occurred in the Huehuetenango department on the Mexican border as the officers carried out a routine inspection of the area, where unrest has also erupted over hydroelectric dams and mining projects, said Defense Minister Manuel Lopez.

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