Deadly Helicopter Crash Kills Mexican Governor, Husband

A helicopter crash killed five people Monday, including the new governor of the Mexican state of Puebla.

Puebla governor Martha Erika Alonso died when the helicopter she was riding in crashed in central Mexico at about 2:40 p.m., CNN reported.

Alonso’s husband, Mexican Sen. Rafael Moreno Valle, was also killed in the accident as were the helicopter’s pilot and co-pilot and another passenger, Public Security and Civil Protection Secretary Alfonso Durazo said.

Durazo said the helicopter crashed 10 minutes after takeoff.

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Communication was lost, he said, and then a crash was heard.

“When the aircraft was in flight some three nautical miles from the Puebla airport, it suffered an apparent failure which hasn’t been determined yet,” Durazo said, according to the BBC.

“At this point, there’s no evidence that could lead us to conclude that the cause was not related to how the (helicopter) was functioning.”

Alonso and her husband were bound for Mexico City, Communications and Transportation Secretary Javier Jimenez Espriu said.

Mexican Civil Aviation authorities were investigating the crash.

“We cannot speculate in any way,” Espriu said. “We will be clear and transparent and let you know any evidence we find.”

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Alonso took office on Dec. 14 after a narrow election win. She was the first female governor of Puebla.

During the campaign, her opponents said that the election was being manipulated by Valle to ensure that his wife would hold office, The New York Times reported.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador tweeted that the investigation would allow his administration to “tell the truth about what happened and act accordingly.”

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
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