Mexico earthquake: helicopter carrying officials crashes, killing 13 people

Posted In: News Date:Feb 17th, 2018

A military helicopter carrying officials assessing the damage caused by a powerful earthquake has crashed in southern Mexico, killing 13 people and injuring 15.

The Oaxaca state prosecutor’s office said five women, four men and three children were killed at the crash site and another person died later at the hospital. All of the casualties were on the ground.

Mexico’s interior department said the helicopter was carrying the interior minister, Alfonso Navarrete, and the Oaxaca state governor, Alejandro Murat. Neither suffered serious injuries in the crash.

The US Geological Survey put the magnitude of Friday’s quake at 7.2. The epicentre was near a surfing resort on Oaxaca’s Pacific coast at a depth of 15.3 miles (24.6 km).

The south of Mexico and the capital, Mexico City, are still recovering from earthquakes that caused widespread damage in September 2017.