Mexico City (February 18, 2018): At least 13 people were killed when a helicopter crashed at the earthquake affectees in Mexico.
According to Mexican authorities, the UH-60 Black Hawk military helicopter was carrying Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete and Oaxaca state Governor Alejandro Murat, who were unharmed,
The helicopter crashed landed on a site where people were gathered for the aid. It also damaged a van and a building and claimed lives of 13 people.
On Saturday the Oaxaca prosecutor’s office said five women, four men, and three children were killed by the helicopter, while another victim died en route to hospital.Fifteen other people were injured, the office said in a statement. Rescuers quickly swarmed the accident site searching for survivors.
Navarrete told a TV network that the helicopter pilot lost control of the aircraft about 40 metres above the ground as it was coming in to land. He added that some passengers were hurt.
The helicopter went down in the south-western town of Pinotepa de Don Luis — 37 kilometres from the quake epicentre, according to the US Geological Survey.
About 50 homes in the nearby town of Santiago Jamiltepec were damaged, as well as the town hall and church, but no one was killed in the quake, the interior ministry said.
Oaxaca state authorities opened shelters for those affected, and nearly 6,000 soldiers and federal police were deployed to help with the emergency response.
Both Mexico’s National Seismological Service and the US Geological Survey put the quake’s magnitude at 7.2.