Latin America: US Fumigation Plane Shot Down in Colombia 10/7/05

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Leftist rebels in northeast Colombia shot a drug fumigation plane out of the sky September 30, killing the pilot, according to wire service reports. The downing occurred near the town of Tarra, some 290 miles northeast of Bogota, Col. Henry Gamboa, head of the Colombian Counter Narcotics Police eradication unit, told reporters. The plane came under heavy gunfire as it was spraying pesticides on coca fields. "There were several bullet holes in the plane," Gamboa said.

Since 2000, the US government has funded an aerial eradication program designed to destroy the country's coca crop, from which cocaine is made. Much of that effort has been outsourced to private mercenary companies. A spokesman for Dyncorp, the company that holds a major eradication contract, said the plane was owned by the State Department, but declined to say whether the dead pilot was a Dyncorp employee.

Leftist rebels have shot down fumigation planes in the past, killing several pilots. They also continue to hold three US mercenaries who were captured when their plane crash-landed near a rebel stronghold in 2003. In that incident, a fourth American and a Colombian soldier aboard the plane were shot and killed at the crash site.

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