At least eight people including Chile's chief of police were killed when a helicopter crashed into a building in a busy neighborhood of Panama City, officials said.
Mayor Juan Carlos Navarro said that visiting Chilean officials were aboard the helicopter when it crashed, causing "a considerable number of mortal victims.
" In Santiago, Chile's Interior Minister Edmundo Perez Yoma confirmed that the the fatalities included the head of Chile's national police, Jose Alejandro Bernales, and his wife, as well as four other Chileans.
Panamanian police confirmed the death of two Panama nationals.
But officials had not yet released an official death toll amid an investigation into the cause of the crash.