Mexico earthquake: Helicopter crashes in emergency killing 14

Mexico earthquake: Helicopter crashes in emergency killing 14

Mexico earthquake: Helicopter crashes in emergency killing 14

Written by Nathasha De Alwis

18 Feb, 2018 | 10:13 am

A helicopter carrying senior officials has crashed while they assessed damage from Friday’s (February 16) earthquake in Mexico, killing at least 14, including a baby.

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. But neither of them were hurt.

According to the Interior Minister of Mexico, Alfonso Navarrete, the aircraft’s pilot lost control while landing.

The 7.2-magnitude quake’s epicenter was in Oaxaca but it shook buildings in Mexico City, 350km away.

No deaths have been reported from the earthquake itself.

Officials said the military helicopter had crashed on top of several vans carrying earthquake survivors in a field while trying to land in the village of Santiago Jamiltepec, not far from the epicenter.

Oaxaca prosecutor’s office stated that fourteen people including a six-month-old baby were killed in the crash.


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