A military helicopter carrying officials surveying earthquake damage crashed in southeastern Mexico on Friday night. Two people were killed on the ground. The 7.2-magnitude earthquake and a magnitude 5.8 aftershock struck the Oaxaca state of Mexico on Friday.
Mexico’s Interior Minister, Alfonso Navarrete Prida, and Oaxaca’s governor, Alejandro Murat, were flying near the epicenters to evaluate the damage when the helicopter crashed. Both men survived and only suffered “slight concussions,”
The crash took place while the helicopter was landing, said Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto. “Unfortunately, people on the ground lost their lives and others were wounded. My condolences to their families and my wishes for a prompt recovery to those injured,” the President tweeted.
The number of people killed in Mexican helicopter crash now at 13.
#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