Listen Live

    Governor of Mexican State Dies in Helicopter Crash - Reports

    Latin America
    Get short URL

    The governor of Mexico's state of Puebla has died in a helicopter crash, local media report.

    MEXICO CITY/BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) — Martha Erika Alonso, the governor of the Mexican state of Puebla, died on Monday in a helicopter crash, local media reported on Tuesday.

    Mexican Public Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo said that the crash had been caused by a technical problem.

    "The helicopter had an apparent malfunction, it is not clear so far which one," Durazo said at a press conference, adding that it was yet to be established what exactly technical fault occurred.

    According to Mexico's Televisa TV channel, the governor was aboard the helicopter with her husband Rafael Moreno Valle Rosas, who used to serve as governor of Puebla in 2011-2017. Moreno Valle also died as a result of the accident, the broadcaster added.

    The helicopter crash was earlier reported by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who entrusted the government with responding to the situation.

    The Mexican president has also expressed condolences to the relatives of the deceased couple.

    READ MORE: Military Helicopter Crashes in Afghanistan, Killing at Least 20 — Reports

    "I personally express my deepest condolences to the relatives of senator Rafael Moreno Valle Rosas and his wife, State of Puebla governor Martha Erika Alonso. I commit myself to investigate the reasons [of the crash], to tell the truth about what happened and to act accordingly," the president wrote on his Twitter blog.

    Alonso was a politician from the country's conservative National Action Party. She officially took on the role of Puebla governor only on December 14.


    WATCH Mexican Navy Helicopter Lose Control, Crash Into Sea
    Prof Explains How Leicester Helicopter Crash Investigation Will Unfold
    One Killed, 5 Injured in Mi-26 Helicopter Crash in Northern Russia
    Colombian Helicopter Crash Kills Crew of 4 - Military
    helicopter crash, Puebla, Mexico
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik