Published: Thu, December 27, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Mexican governor, senator killed in helicopter crash

Mexican governor, senator killed in helicopter crash

Alonso assumed the governorship of the east-central Mexican state on December 14 after narrowly defeating her opponent.

Martha Erika Alonso, the governor of the Mexican state of Puebla, died on Monday in a helicopter crash, local media reported on Tuesday.

The helicopter crashed only few moments after it took off, leaving its two pilots and a third passenger on board dead.

Alonso had been in office for only 10 days. "As an authority, I assume the commitment to investigate the causes, to tell the truth about what happened and act accordingly", he said on Twitter. She was member of the centre-right PAN party.

The deceased was the first woman to occupy the position in Puebla, where her husband was governor from 2011 to 2017.

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President López Obrador's left-wing Morena party had challenged the validity of Ms Alonso's victory in July.

Mexico's newly elected President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, also expressed his "deepest condolences" social media. An electoral tribunal had to validate the results months after the vote amid accusations of fraud. He added that the party was in mourning.

The accident comes after a number of high-profile deaths in helicopter crashes over the years in Mexico, including Interior Minister Francisco Blake Mora in 2011, the BBC's Will Grant reports. My sympathies to their loved ones.

It was not immediately clear what caused the Christmas Eve crash.

'It is not the time to make political comments, it is time for solidarity, beyond the political rivalry that I had with both, ' he reportedly said.

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