Helicopter crashes into building in Panama, kills Chile’s top police chief

May 30, 2008

Chilean diplomats said their nation´s top police chief was killed yesterday in a helicopter crash in the Panamanian capital, news reports from Panama City said.A Panamanian air force helicopter crashed into a shopping mall in the capital city yesterday. The number of people killed was still undetermined at the time of this report.But Chile´s Carabineros national police commander, Gen. José Alejandro Bernales, 59, was one of them, the Chilean Foreign Ministry said.Chilean President Michelle Bachelet suspended a tour of northern Chile and is rushing back to Santiago, where flags were lowered to half-staff, the Associated Press reported.The Chileans were in Panama for an anti-terrorism conference, Panama City Mayor Juan Carlos Navarro told Reuters.Authorities said the helicopter crashed into the shopping mall in Panama City´s Calidonia neighborhood about 2 p.m. local time, EFE reported.The area was packed with people at the time of the accident, EFE reported, making it difficult for firefighters to reach the building. Police later cleared the scene out of concern the chopper´s fuel tanks might explode.

You may be interested

Cold front claims fourth victim in Costa Rica
Weather
960 views
Weather
960 views

Cold front claims fourth victim in Costa Rica

Katherine Stanley - December 12, 2017

High winds claimed the life of a fourth victim in Costa Rica as the cold front that has been moving…

With Keylor Navas battling injuries, Real Madrid eyes January swoop for Bilbao goalie
Keylor Navas
508 views
Keylor Navas
508 views

With Keylor Navas battling injuries, Real Madrid eyes January swoop for Bilbao goalie

AFP - December 11, 2017

Real Madrid's first foray into the January transfer market will be to snap up Athletic Bilbao's promising goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga,…

Our High Season Print Edition is here! Here’s where to find it
The Tico Times
704 views
The Tico Times
704 views

Our High Season Print Edition is here! Here’s where to find it

Katherine Stanley - December 11, 2017

In the weeks since the relaunch of The Tico Times on Sept. 1, we’ve been hard at work to reconnect…