Mexican political power couple killed in Christmas Eve helicopter crash

MEXICO CITY — A husband-and-wife political energy couple who had been the present and ex-governors of the central Mexican state of Puebla died in a Christmas Eve helicopter crash, officers introduced.

Mexico’s political class was shocked by the deaths of Gov. Martha Erika Alonso and ex-Gov. Rafael Moreno Valle, a distinguished determine within the opposition Nationwide Motion Get together who had vied unsuccessfully for the celebration’s presidential nomination and its inside management. He was at present a federal senator for the celebration.

Two pilots and a 3rd passenger additionally died.

The Agusta 109 helicopter fell about 10 minutes after taking off from a heliport throughout the metropolis of Puebla on a flight to Mexico Metropolis.

It crashed within the municipality of Santa Maria Coronango, which is about three.5 miles north of the town’s predominant airport on the western outskirts, federal Public Safety Secretary Alfonso Durazo advised a information convention.

Photographs of the crash confirmed a shattered, nonetheless smoldering plane on the sting of a scorched patch of cornfield.

Each federal and state officers mentioned they’d opened investigations into the trigger — a probably delicate case as a result of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s Morena celebration had challenged the validity of Alonso’s election in July. She was sworn in 10 days in the past after impartial electoral authorities dismissed the problem.

State spokesman Maximiliano Cortazar demanded a “clear, neutral and impartial” investigation.

Lopez Obrador expressed his “deepest condolences” through Twitter to the household of on Monday night.

Moreno Valle ruled the central state from 2011 to 2017 and was at present a federal senator. Opponents alleged that he had manipulated the election at hand energy to his spouse.

Authorities companies and scores of officers, together with former President Enrique Pena Nieto, additionally expressed condolences through statements and social media.

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