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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Four Mexican sailors confirmed dead in helo crash

By Chris Covert

The four sailors reportedly on last Friday's helicopter flight from Colima state to Veracruz state were confirmed dead by the Mexican Secretaria de Marina (SEMAR), the controlling agency for the Mexican navy, according to a news release by SEMAR.

The four dead were unidentified, but it is known one was a pilot and two others were naval officers.  The bird went down in a remote area of Jalisco state Friday afternoon only minutes after commencing a return flight to its base in Veracruz.  The helo left International Airport Playa de Oro in Manzanillo, Colima at about 1135 hour but lost contact before it was to reach Urupan Michoacan at around 1210 hrs.

Later it was determined the Eurocopter Panther AS565 helicopter had crashed atop a mountain at a remote location about 18 kilometers south of Pihuamo municipality in Jalisco state .  That area has long been known as a haven for drug traffickers.

SEMAR has yet to release a determination of the cause of the crash.

Meanwhile, a Mexican Naval Infantry unit dismantled a synthetic drug laboratory in the same municipality as the crash, Pihuamo municipality in Jalisco state.

According to a second news release by SEMAR, the unit found a total of 875 kilograms of caustic soda, 198 kilograms of sodium acetate, 25 containers of various capacities, some with unidentified chemicals, 10 burners, two cook chimneys and 10 pewter steamers.

The lab was found about 30 kilomters northwest of Pihuamo municipality on 26 June.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for


  1. You need to see what the crash statistics are for the Eurocopter Panther AS565 as well as the experience of the pilots. From what I have read, it is a solid bird with a good history. And it's not like they were flying the old Heueys from Vietnam. Maybe someone finally used his Barrett .50 and took it down.

  2. "That area has long been known as a haven for drug traffickers."

    Mexico needs to stop pussy footing around with the narcos like they have been for the last 80 years and they need to treat the as terrorists, military combatants and they need to go up into the mountains, all those narco strong holds and exterminate them like the rats that they are! Arresting them is a joke and it doesnt work to stop anything! the only way to stop the narcos is to put them ALL in the ground! The time is NOW!


  3. my cousins are from that are they say the narco's shot that bird down ambush style he said they totally had the mnt villages on lock down


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