Panama police helicopter crashes, 1 killed

Associated Press

PANAMA CITY (AP) — A police helicopter has crashed during an anti-drug operation in Panama and officials say at least one person is dead.

Among the seven injured is Belsio Gonzales, who's the head of Panama's naval aviation service.

President Ricardo Martinelli says the helicopter was over the Caribbean chasing a vessel suspected of carrying illicit drugs on Thursday. The president says sacks of presumed drugs were found, and the boat as well. But those aboard the vessel have not been captured.

Officials have not said what caused the chopper to fall, or said if it went down on land or in the sea.