Mexican Governor Martha Erika Alonso and Her Husband Killed in Helicopter Crash – What We Know So Far

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Mexican governor Martha Erika Alonso was killed in a helicopter crash Monday less than two weeks after she became her state’s first female leader.

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The new governor of the Mexican state of Puebla and her politician husband were killed Monday in a helicopter crash in central Mexico, according to the head of their political party.

Puebla governor Martha Erika Alonso and her husband Senator Rafael Moreno Valle died in the crash, as did the pilot, co-pilot and a fifth passenger, according to Public Security and Civil Protection Secretary Alfonso Durazo.

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President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also confirmed the deaths on Twitter Monday evening. He offered his condolences to the victims’ families and vowed a transparent investigation into the cause of the Christmas Eve crash.

Alsonso, 45, had only been sworn into office ten days ago after independent electoral authorities dismissed the challenge. Alonso was the first female governor of Puebla and only the seventh nationwide.

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Meanwhile her husband Valle was also the former Puebla governor and a prominent figure in the opposition National Action Party who had vied unsuccessfully for the party’s presidential nomination and its internal leadership. The couple did not appear to have children.

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The Agusta 109 helicopter suffered an ‘apparent failure which hasn’t been determined yet’ shortly after taking off from Puebla airport bound for Mexico City on Monday.

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It crashed in the municipality of Santa Maria Coronango, which is about 3.5 miles north of the city’s main airport on the western outskirts, federal Public Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo told a conference.


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Mexican Governor Martha Erika Alonso and Her Husband Killed in Helicopter Crash - What We Know So Far
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