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Mar 2, 2020

Former Minister of Home Affairs Weighs in on Deadly Chopper Crash

Former Minister of Home Affairs Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington, upon leaving the U.D.P.’s National Party Council meeting on Saturday, was asked about his knowledge of the fatal helicopter crash that claimed the lives of four B.D.F. airmen.  While Elrington held that post briefly, he was quizzed about the protocols for the kind of flight mission that the officers were assigned to in respect of the drug plane landing on Thursday morning.



“Minister, you’ve been home affairs minister of Minister of National Security, would you be able to say if those helicopters do have night vision capabilities?”


Wilfred Elrington, Former Minister of Home Affairs

“Regretfully, I have no knowledge of the capacity of the helicopters.  I am really sorry, I don’t have any knowledge of anything about the helicopters.  I’m just so saddened by the tragic incident, but I do know, as you know, that even if they have night vision capabilities and the like, helicopters do go down all the time, all over the world.  So it’s very difficult to ascertain cause or blame at this point in time.”



“What do you know though of protocols and procedures, should this crew have been incommunicado for so long?”


Wilfred Elrington

Wilfred Elrington

“Again, I have no knowledge of it, except that I have been told, I haven’t seen it as yet, that in fact it went down and they found them.”


As for the burial of the fallen soldiers, Choco will be laid to rest in Big Falls on Tuesday, Mendez will be buried on Wednesday in the village of Douglas. Pilots Ramirez will be buried on Thursday while Radford will be laid into rest on Friday; both in Belize City.


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