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Bogota, Columbia - Colombia Airmen Plunge To Death Wrapped In Flag During Stunt

Published on: August 12, 2019 02:30 PM
By: AP
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Two members of Colombia┬┤s air force hang from a cable under a helicopter flying a Colombian flag, before plunging to their deaths when the cable snapped during the mid-air stunt at the Medellin Flower Fair in Medellin, Colombia, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides)Two members of Colombia┬┤s air force hang from a cable under a helicopter flying a Colombian flag, before plunging to their deaths when the cable snapped during the mid-air stunt at the Medellin Flower Fair in Medellin, Colombia, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides)

Bogota, Columbia - Two members of Colombia’s air force plunged to their deaths wrapped in their nation’s flag when a cable hanging from a helicopter snapped while they were performing a mid-air stunt Sunday.

The accident happened during a parade to mark the traditional Medellin Flower Fair. The city’s airport was immediately closed in the aftermath of the accident.

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Videos circulating on social media show the moment when the two airmen fall to their death. Moments earlier they had been clinging to a metal cable and waving to the crowd below while carrying a giant Colombian flag through the air.

Colombia’s Defense Ministry said it is investigating the causes of the tragedy.



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