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  • colombia Tragedia de Armero

    Armeo, Tolima

    13-nov-85    to    31-dec-85

    Despite warnings from geologists, the Colombian authorities were unprepared for the eruption of Nevado del Ruiz volcano and the accompanying mudflows, which swept down the Longonillas valley, engulfing the town of Armero.

    The international aid effort was led by the USA but the rescue community was partly wrong-footed by an almost simultaneous earthquake in Mexico. The government of Colombia was strongly criticised for its slow and inadequate response. The UK committed a C-130 to transport relief supplies and sent two Puma HC.1 from 1563 Flt in Belize, for a short period.


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    DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels
        16nov85 to 24nov85 UK 1563 (Tactical Support) Flight Royal Air Force SA330 Puma

    Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation


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