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Mexico helicopter crash kills 13 people one day after 7.2 magnitude earthquake

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Thirteen people died in a crash on Saturday when a military helicopter crashed in a small town. The incident comes only a day after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico City – Feb 17, 2018

At least 13 people on the ground, including three children, were killed when a Mexican military helicopter carrying top officials surveying damages from an earthquake crashed in a small town in the southern state of Oaxaca, authorities said on Saturday.

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The helicopter, which was carrying Mexico’s interior minister and the state governor, crashed on top of two vans in an open field while trying to land in Santiago Jamiltepec after a tour of damage from a powerful earthquake on Friday, officials said.

The senior officials survived but 12 people at the scene were killed and another died later in a hospital, Oaxaca’s attorney general’s office said in a statement. Fifteen more people were injured.

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Mexico helicopter crash kills 13 in wake of earthquake – Feb 17, 2018

 

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The 7.2 magnitude quake left nearly a million homes and businesses without power in Mexico City and the south and damaged at least 50 homes in Oaxaca.

The state, along with Mexico City, is still reeling from earthquakes that caused widespread damage in September and killed at least 471 people.

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Mexico City earthquake rattles power lines, lamp posts and even swimming pools – Feb 16, 2018

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