MEXICO CITY – A couple of political power who were the current governors of the former Mexican state of Puebla died in a helicopter crash on Christmas Eve, officials said.
Mexico's political class was stunned by the death of Governor Martha Erika Alonso and ex-Gov. Rafael Moreno Valle, a prominent figure in the opposition National Action Party, who had fought unsuccessfully for the party's presidential nomination and internal leadership. Currently he was the party's federal dean.
Two pilots and a third passenger also died.
The Agusta 109 helicopter crashed about 10 minutes after its departure from an airport on the outskirts of Puebla to Mexico City. US Secretary of State Alfonso Durazo, who crashed about 5.5 kilometers north of the airport, told a news conference.
Pictures of the crash showed a crashed, still smoldering airplane on the edge of a burnt cornfield. 19659005] Both federal and state officials said they had opened investigations into the case – a potentially sensitive case because President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's party Morena had questioned the validity of Alonso's election in July. She was sworn in 10 days ago after independent electoral authorities dismissed the challenge.
The government spokesman Maximiliano Cortazar called for a "transparent, impartial and independent" investigation.
Lopez Obrador expressed his "deepest condolences" to the family of Twitter on Monday night.
Moreno Valle ruled the central state from 2011 to 2017 and was currently federal senator. Opponents claimed that he manipulated the election to give his wife power.
Government agencies and numerous officials, including former President Enrique Pena Nieto, have also expressed their condolences in statements and social media.