Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

Two killed in Mexican helicopter crash

People stand on the street after an earthquake shook buildings in Mexico City Mexico Two killed in Mexican helicopter crash
Melinda Barton | 19 February, 2018, 03:59

The helicopter was a military helicopter and was ferrying officials who were assessing the damage that was caused by the natural disaster.

The Governor of Oaxaca State in Mexico, Alejandro Murat and Mexico's Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete, escaped death after helicopter carrying high-ranking officials to assess the damage from a powerful quake crashed in southern Mexico.

The tragedy struck Friday night as a military helicopter flew the interior minister and other officials to an area near the epicentre of a 7.2-magnitude natural disaster that shook Mexico earlier that evening.

The Oaxaca state prosecutor's office said in a statement that five women, four men and three children were killed at the crash site and another person died later at the hospital.

It was reported that at the time of the crash Mexico's interior minister and the governor of the south-west Oaxaca state were on board.

Defence Minister Salvador Cienfuegos travelled to the southern town of Santiago Jamiltepec, where the accident struck, to meet with families of the victims.

"The defence ministry completely assumes its responsibility for what happened".

While the quake did not cause any casualties, the crash has now left people shocked. An additional 15 were injured in the tragedy.

A state government official said the chopper crashed into a group of people who had been spending the night outside after a powerful 7.2 magnitude natural disaster hit the area Friday in the early evening.

The quake was powerful but struck at a relatively deep 24.7km, according to the US Geological Survey.