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Saturday September 29, 2012

Wealthy Guatemalan Businessman Killed in Helicopter Crash

Wealthy Guatemalan Businessman Killed in Helicopter Crash

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Wealthy businessman Jose Habie was killed Friday when the helicopter he was piloting crashed in the Guatemalan capital, authorities said.

The 56-year-old Habie, who owned textile plants and a five-star hotel in Guatemala City, died of multiple traumatic injuries while trapped amid the wreckage of the chopper, paramedics told the media.

The helicopter went down near the offices of the Guatemalan bar association, in the southeastern part of the capital, apparently due to mechanical problems.

Guatemala’s head of civil aviation, Armando Asturias, told reporters that he and Habie had been classmates.

Italia Ortiz, 24, fractured a foot trying to flee as she saw the helicopter about to crash. The biology student was in the area to conduct a field study.