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Mar 18, 2020

Attorney Says Honduran Report More Critical of the B.D.F. Procedures

Audrey Matura

Before the press conference, the ministry met with the families of the deceased B.D.F. soldiers. Following that meeting, attorney for Mendez, Choco and Baizar families, Audrey Matura, spoke with reporters to share some of the takeaways from the Honduran report.


Audrey Matura, Attorney

“The key things are that we were looking at is still questioning the timeline. In the report from the Hondurans it said like we spoke to personnel from this and so on but it didn’t give names and we wanted specifically. Like one of the things it said was that someone heard the chopper and then after that they didn’t hear it. So, we wanted to know if anyone heard a crash or a sound and there was a sentence that said ‘we assumed that either it went to another place or it just left.’ So, nobody assumed the worst. So, we are saying, who made that assumption and why. Things like that we are clarifying. The last time too, I told you that the analysis says it was human error; it didn’t say pilot error. I won’t go into details of that either other than to say that we got some clarifications as to that and since then we have been able to read the report that made us reach certain conclusions and has shown very interesting information which when on proper review of that report, it actually speaks more ill of the process, protocols and what the military has done and what the BDF or the airwing has done, than against the pilots.  I know that there was a news report on one of the media houses where there was interview with C.E.O. Lovell in which he is assuring that the B.D.F. has goggles. I have here on page ten and page eleven and I want to read at least one of the pages the exact wording on what was the finding of the Honduran Army. Hear what it says: finding number three; ‘It was verified in the training records that none of the pilots were certified to fly with nigh vision visors, since the B.D.F. doesn’t have the equipment.’ Why is this important, it is important because not to make my esteemed friend Colonel Lovell look bad but he is misinformed. What we found out questioning the General today, he says there are night goggles but not flight. You see, there are different type of night goggles; one for the infantry; the coast guard but these are special night flight goggles.”

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