Mexico confirms six killed in military helicopter crash

Published: May 26, 2019 11:07:15 | Updated: May 28, 2019 18:18:24

An MI-17 helicopter of Mexican Navy seen in this representational photo — Collected

A Mexican military helicopter engaged in firefighting operations crashed in central Mexico on Friday, killing five members of the Navy crew and an inspector with the national forestry commission, the Navy said on Saturday (Mexico local time).

The MI-17 helicopter came down about 55 miles (89 km) north of the town of Jalpan de Sierra in the central state of Queretaro, where it had been working to help extinguish a forest fire, the Navy said in a statement.

Reasons for the crash were not immediately clear, reports Reuters.

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, the statement added.

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

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