A helicopter carrying Mexico's Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete and Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat crashed on Friday, killing 13 people, according to Prosecutor's office.
Initially, the Mexican Interior Ministry said via Twitter that two people were killed in the crash, noting that the senior officials survived.
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.
— SEGOB México (@SEGOB_mx) February 17, 2018
Tonight, a military helicopter with Interior Minister @SEGOB_mx @navarreteprida and Governor of @Oaxaca #alejandromurat has crashed. Unfortunately, two people on the ground were killed as a result of the accident.
However, some media report, citing words of the locals, that 10 people died as a result of the crash.
— Piñero de la Cuenca (@ELPINERO) February 17, 2018
Sources among the locals say at least 10 people killed after a helicopter withand on board crashed in Jamiltepec. There were children and elderly people among the victims.
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.
#ULTIMAHORA 🚨#OAXACA│Se desploma helicóptero de la @SEDENAmx en que viajaba el gobernador @alejandromurat y @navarreteprida en Pinotepa Nacional; hay muertos y heridos https://t.co/v4MEOO670q @julioastillero @MarioCNN @adiazpi @epigmenioibarra pic.twitter.com/P0lz6232sT— Piñero de la Cuenca (@ELPINERO) February 17, 2018
#VIDEOREPORTE 🚨#OAXACA| Emergencia en Pinotepa Nacional tras violento desplome de helicóptero en que viajaba el gobernador de Oaxaca. Cayó sobre dos unidades pasajeras. Confirman dos personas muertas. @alejandromurat y @navarreteprida resultan ilesos. pic.twitter.com/Qd884MGZ3q— Piñero de la Cuenca (@ELPINERO) February 17, 2018
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.