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Mexico: Governor and ex-governor die in helicopter crash

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Mexico: Governor and ex-governor die in helicopter crash


Associated Press

Published 8:16 p.m. ET Dec. 24, 2018 | Updated 8:34 p.m. ET Dec. 24, 2018

MEXICO CITY – Mexican officials say a husband-and-wife political power couple who were the current and ex-governors of Puebla state have died in what local media report was an aircraft crash on Christmas Eve.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has expressed his “deepest condolences” via Twitter to the family of Puebla Gov. Martha Erika Alonso and ex-Gov. Rafael Moreno Valle.

Estoy recibiendo información de un accidente en Puebla por desplome de un helicóptero. Por confirmar que iban la gobernadora Martha Erika Alonso y el ex gobernador Rafael Moreno Valle. He ordenado a todo el gobierno actuar de inmediato.

— Andrés Manuel (@lopezobrador_) December 24, 2018

En lo personal, mi más profundo pésame a los familiares del senador Rafael Moreno Valle y de su esposa, la gobernadora de Puebla Martha Érika Alonso. Como autoridad, asumo el compromiso de investigar las causas; decir la verdad sobre lo sucedido y actuar en consecuencia

— Andrés Manuel (@lopezobrador_) December 24, 2018

National Action Party president Marko Cortes tweets that he deeply regrets Monday’s accident in which they died. Both belonged to National Action.

Lamento profundamente el accidente fatal en el que perdieron la vida Martha Ericka Alonso, Rafael Moreno Valle y otras personas. Que descansen en paz. @AcciónNacional está de luto.

— Marko Cortés (@MarkoCortes) December 24, 2018

Alonso took office as governor less than two weeks ago. Moreno Valle governed the central state from 2011 to 2017 and was currently a federal senator.

The Reforma newspaper reported that the small aircraft took off from Puebla’s eponymous capital city and crashed in Huejotzingo, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) away.

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