Mexican governor Martha Erika Alonso and husband killed in chopper crash days after she was sworn in
Reports state that the governor and her husband plunged to their death when the aircraft spiraled down in the city of Huejotzingo on Monday afternoon just after take off
The newly elected governor of the central Mexican state of Puebla, Martha Erika Alonso, and her husband, Rafael Moreno Valle Rosas, reportedly died in a helicopter crash on Christmas Eve, according to officials.
Reports state that the governor and her husband were on the aircraft when it spiraled down in the city of Huejotzingo on Monday afternoon. Three other people were also killed in the incident, including the two pilots, according to the Daily Mail.
The incident occurred nearly ten days after the 45-year-old was sworn into office overcoming a challenge to her election in July. Alonso's husband, Valle Rosas, a former governor of Puebla, was a prominent figure in the opposition National Action Party. Reports state that the couple did not have any children.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador paid tribute to the couple on Monday, while the head of the National Action Party, Marko Cortes, took to Twitter, saying he was deeply saddened by the news. "We are in mourning," he wrote.
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Reports state that the ill-fated Agusta 109 helicopter the couple was onboard suffered an "apparent failure which hasn't been determined yet" soon after it took off from Puebla airport.
The aircraft was reportedly heading towards Mexico City on Monday. Federal Public Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo, while addressing a press conference, said that the chopper crashed in the municipality of Santa Maria Coronango, nearly 3.5 miles north of the main airport of the city.
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Pictures of the crash site on television and social media showed a shattered white aircraft with fumes still coming out of it.
Durazo also identified the pilot and the co-pilot of the aircraft as Captain Roberto Cope Obregon and Captain Marco Antonio Cabera Romero. The third passenger on the aircraft has not been identified yet.
Reports state that Mexican Civil Aviation authorities have launched an investigation into the crash and the cause is yet to be determined. Federal and state officials also released a statement on Monday, saying that they have opened an investigation into the cause. The case is potentially sensitive because President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's Morena party had challenged the validity of Alonso's election in July.