Military helicopter crashes in Mexico

President López Obrador said the victim's families will receive aid from the federal government

Military helicopter crashes in Mexico
The MI-17 helicopter was made in Russia - Photo: File Photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 27/05/2019 14:03 Newsroom & Agencies Mexico City Reuters Actualizada 14:11
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A Mexican military helicopter engaged in firefighting operations crashed in central Mexico on Friday, killing five Navy members and an inspector with the National Forestry Commission (Conafor), the Navy revealed on Saturday.

The MI-17 helicopter crashed about 89 km north of the town of Jalpan de Serra, in the state of Querétaro, where it had been working to extinguish a forest fire, the Navy said.

The Navy and the Conafor ministry informed about the helicopter crashed through their Twitter accounts:

Reasons for the crash were not immediately clear.

A reconnaissance team found debris from the helicopter early in the morning, after operations had to be suspended during the night due to adverse weather conditions, a Navy statement said.

Officials, including President López Obrador, held a minute’s silence for the crew on Friday after news of the crash began to circulate.

On Sunday morning, the Semar announced it had found the remains of the helicopters, as well as the bodies of the five Marines who died during the crash.

During a public event in Guanajuato, President López Obrador said the victim's families are not alone and that they will receive aid from the federal government.

Earlier today, officials offered a press conference to inform about the crash and the cabin crew who died in the accident.

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