Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Puebla: Days after taking office, Mexican governor, senator husband killed in helicopter crash


Chivis Martinez from Reuters


Martha Erika Alonso, a senior opposition figure and governor of the state of Puebla, died with Rafael Moreno, a senator and former Puebla governor, when their Agusta helicopter came down on Monday afternoon shortly after take-off, the government said.

Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said the privately owned helicopter was bound for Mexico City and crashed after suffering an unspecified failure in the town of Santa Maria Coronango, about three nautical miles from Puebla airport.


“At this point, there’s no evidence that could lead us to conclude that the cause was not related to how the (helicopter) was functioning,” Durazo told a news conference.

Alongside the politicians were Captain Roberto Cope and first officer Marco Antonio Tavera, and it is presumed there was a fifth passenger, Durazo said, without giving more details.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Twitter that his government would investigate the accident. Durazo said that the authorities had been in touch with the helicopter and engine manufacturers, who will be at the scene on Tuesday.

“We will act with total transparency,” he said.

Television images showed the remains of an aircraft in flames, a plume of smoke and people inspecting the scene.





22 comments:

  1. Opposition leader....makes me wonder if sabotage is afoot.

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    1. Help out. Opposition to which parties and leadership?

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  2. Helicopter and small plane accidents in Mexico are never accidents. There is a long history, including the deaths of not one but two Ministers of the Interior in the space of a few years. (Oscar Wilde: “To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”)

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    1. THAS WHY ME AND MY WIFE DRIVE TOGETHER SO OUR KIDS NO KEDEN HUERFANOZ DE BOTH PARENTS,, RIP THOSE PPL 😪

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    2. They had no children doofus

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  3. Chapo is in his cell doing nothing

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    1. He does do something..he twittles his fingers, and talks, to the fat rats that go by his cell

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  4. 5th passenger, assistant to the Senator - https://www.excelsior.com.mx/nacional/las-otras-victimas-del-accidente-aereo-en-puebla/1286827

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  5. We need to add the term "zetamecanico" to urban dictionary. Decinition: one who loosen bolts or removes parts of aircraft at the service of various cartels.

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  6. The symptoms and clues are too eerie to ignore. Temperature, humidity, time (distance from the airport). This is a textbook scenario for the effects of failure to heat the carburetor. It ices up and the engine goes full stall with no warning symptoms. I am FAA PMA certified and it will be a gruesome wait until an investigation is completed. An ice up happens so fast there is little time to reach the preheat lever.
    What a shitty time to die. Next to Christmas, it will ruin the holiday for decades for the families.

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    1. Well, Mr. 'FAA PMA certified' (no such rating), the Agusta helicopter has NO carburetor. Ever heard of a Turbine engine?

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  7. Mencho took down onother chopper

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  8. Just read in the Houston Chronicle that Mexican government is asking the U.S for assistance in this investigation.

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  9. My deep condolences, friend is from there, will have to ask him about this. Very sad. Que lastima.

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  10. In the 1980s, I was in Mexico City when the prominent and influential journalist, Manuel Buendia was killed, then, I remember for a time, when this fellow Barrios was mayor of Juarez and NOT from him but there were other incidences then, some directed against him. It certainly makes one wonder what is going on and why it has gone on for so long. It's incredible to see this from us here in the USA though, we had similar sorts in the 1960s apparently.

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  11. Mencho putting in work. Hell yeah.

    Dr Dre

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  12. Mechanical failure? Or a deliberate act?
    Curious if a full investigation with specialists will be conducted. Rather, than the usual half-ass bullshit given to the public.

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    1. Who cares,,,They were probably rippin off the people anyways...Corrupt politicians...Fry em all

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  13. 12:44 . . . Wha, too much Christmas eggnog? Helicopter was an Agusta Westland AW109, which is very advanced and most definitely does not have carbureators. It's a twin turbine beast capable of all-weather flight, with full de-icing systems. This was a case of sabotage, plain and simple. AMLO has to be given credit for inviting the NTSB folks out - I'll be curious to see how much leeway they're given.

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  14. They look like brother and sister

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  15. They have relocated to Honduras with state funds. Crash was a set up.

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