Helicopter with interior minister, governor crashes into van in Mexico, kills two

Helicopter with interior minister, governor crashes into van in Mexico, kills two
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  • calendar-gray 17 February 2018

A helicopter carrying Mexico's Interior Minister Navarete and Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat crashed on Friday, killing two people on the ground, but the senior officials survived, the Mexican Interior Ministry confirmed via Twitter.

 

The military helicopter crashed while attempting to land near the epicenter of the earthquake, which happened earlier in the day. Both the cabinet minister and the regional governor were not harmed, whereas other people on board sustained injuries.

 

Social media photos show the helicopter after it crashed into a van on the ground. According to preliminary information, the vehicle fell on a car after losing control at an altitude of about 30 meters (98 feet) before landing, the Jornada news portal reported.

 

The helicopter crashed during an inspection of areas affected by the earthquake, which struck southwestern Mexico on Friday. Aftershocks as strong as 5.9 in magnitude continued to rattle the country late into the night. As of 10:30 p.m. local time, the National Seismological Service registered 225 tremors. No casualties were reported in the wake of the quake.

 

The country is still reeling from September's deadly 7.1-magnitude quake in central Mexico, which killed and injured hundreds of people and cost the government over $2 billion in repairs.

 

Ceyhun Aliyev

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