Dead Soldiers Flown Home
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) _ The bodies of the last two American soldiers killed when a U.S. army spy plane crashed in Colombia were flown back to the United States on Wednesday.
The remains of all five U.S. service personnel killed in the accident have now been located and returned.
In a solemn ceremony at Bogota’s military airport, a trumpeter played taps, and a six-man Marine honor guard loaded the flag-draped coffins containing Army Capt. Jose Santiago and Specialist Ray E. Krueger II onto a departing U.S. military plane.
The flight was bound for Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, a U.S. embassy spokeswoman said.
The men, based at Fort Bliss, in El Paso, were aboard the de Havilland RC-7 reconnaissance plane that slammed into an unmarked Andean peak on July 23 while on a counternarcotics mission.
Two Colombian air force officers also died in the crash, which highlighted the dangers of U.S. efforts to stem the trade in illegal narcotics from Colombia, the world’s No. 1 source of cocaine.
Santiago, of New York City, was 37. Krueger, a native of The Colony, Texas, was 20.