Mexico helicopter crash kills 13 on ground in wake of earthquake


SANTIAGO JAMILTEPEC, Mexico (Reuters) – At least 13 people on the ground, including three children, were killed when a Mexican military helicopter carrying top officials surveying damages from an earthquake crashed in a small town in the southern state of Oaxaca, authorities said on Saturday.

The helicopter, which was carrying Mexico’s interior minister and the state governor, crashed on top of two vans in an open field while trying to land in Santiago Jamiltepec after a tour of damage from a powerful earthquake on Friday, officials said.

The senior officials survived but 12 people at the scene were killed and another died later in a hospital, Oaxaca’s attorney general’s office said in a statement. Fifteen more people were injured.

The 7.2 magnitude quake left nearly a million homes and businesses without power in Mexico City and the south and damaged at least 50 homes in Oaxaca.

The state, along with Mexico City, is still reeling from earthquakes that caused widespread damage in September and killed at least 471 people.

Writing by Michael O’BoyleEditing by Matthew Lewis

Source link

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

Video shows Florida deputy outside Parkland high school during rampage
In warning for Trump, Democrat claims too-close-to-call…
Academy of Motion Pictures chief accused of sexual misconduct: reports
Ruthless Federer sends Chung packing, faces Coric next
‘Tomb Raider’ reboot tests Oscar-winner Vikander’s star power

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *