The Cougar helicopter hurtled into a mountain outside Caracas in the early hours of an overcast day in the capital.
Pro-interim government opposition leader Juan Guaido, and pro-Nicolas Maduro supporters, separated by members of the uniformed Secret Service, rally outside of the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
The armed forces in a statement said the chopper was heading to San Carlos in Cojedes state. That’s an hour away from a military academy where Maduro appeared early Saturday overseeing training exercises in a display of confidence in his armed forces following a week of intrigue that saw a small cadre of soldiers turn against him in an opposition-led uprising.
On board were two lieutenant colonels as well as five lower-ranking officers.
The statement didn’t say if the chopper was part of the presidential delegations.