Mexican Air Force MD530 series helicopter
Sedena, Mexico's Defense Ministry issued a press release reporting the crash of an Air Force MD530 helicopter in Michoacan Saturday morning. Two officers on board were slightly injured.
The helicopter, a light attack/reconnaissance model, was on patrol in the municipality of Apatzingan in suppoort of federal forces in the area when it went down due to mechanical causes. Sedena denied that the helicopter had been hit by gunfire.
Apatzingan is a stronghold of the La Familia Michoacana cartel but the fracture of the cartel into two rival groups has led to heavy fighting in this and surrounding municipalities and in the areas of the state that borders Guerrero and Jalisco.
Sedena has launched an investigation into the crash of the helicopter, which went down in an urban area of Apatzingan. No injuries to civilians were reported.
Since December, 2008, four other military helicopters have crashed in Michoacan. Twenty Air Force and Army troops have been killed in those crashes.