Former Nicaraguan minister missing, 3 dead in copter crash

A National Police official says former presidential minister Antonio Lacayo is missing and two Americans are dead in a helicopter crash in southern Nicaragua.

AFP| Last Updated: Nov 18, 2015, 08:06 AM IST

Managua, Nicaragua: A National Police official says former presidential minister Antonio Lacayo is missing and two Americans are dead in a helicopter crash in southern Nicaragua.

Police subdirector Francisco Diaz says the remains of two Americans were found after yesterday's crash, as well as the body of pilot Francisco Lemus. One victim was identified as James S Horrisberger, a Florida-based Coca-Cola executive and member of that state's citrus processors association.

The other American's identity was not known.

Lacayo, 67, is the son-in-law of former Nicaraguan President Violeta Chamorro and served in her Cabinet. He is chief executive of San Juan Fruit and TicoFrut.

The Bell 206 I-4 helicopter with four people aboard was traveling from San Carlos, Rio San Juan, to Managua when it crashed early yesterday from poor visibility, officials said.