Mexico City –
A military helicopter carrying Mexican Interior Minister Alfonso Navarete and Governor Oaxaca Alejandro Murat crashed while reviewing the area that had just been rocked by an earthquake. Two people were killed in the crash, but both officials survived.
A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck southern Mexico on Friday (16/2). The epicenter was located 37 kilometers northeast of Pinotepa de Don Luis, Oaxaca, or close to the surf resorts on the Pacific coast.
As reported by Reuters and AFP Saturday (17 / 2/2018), Navarete and Murat made a visit to the location of the earthquake affected by military helicopters. But the incident happened on the way to Pinotepa de Don Luis on Friday (16/2) evening local time.
In his statement to the local television, Televisa Navarete said himself and Murat was not seriously injured in the incident.
Navarete said that the military helicopter pilot lost control of the landing. The incident occurred when the helicopter was at an altitude of just 40 meters above the Earth's surface. The helicopter airs from Mexico City to Pinotepa de Don Luis.
"Unfortunately, two people on the mainland lost their lives in this incident," Navarete said in a statement. Navarete also mentioned several other passengers were injured in the incident.
One reporter Televisa who is also in the same helicopter tells us that the helicopter suddenly dropped after it triggered a large dust collection at the landing site. Local television shows showed the military helicopter rolling to the side, surrounded by vehicles. The exact cause of this incident has not been disclosed to the public.
"It is unfortunate that some people on the ground lost their lives and some others were injured, my condolences to your relatives and my hope that the wounded will soon recover," said Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto via Twitter.
Meanwhile, the 7.2 magnitude quake that rocked Mexico reportedly did not trigger casualties. But dozens of buildings, especially in Oaxaca, were damaged. Electricity for about 1 million local residents was cut off by this powerful earthquake.
(nvc / rna)