The head of Mexican state security is among the five killed in the helicopter crash



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The security chief of the central Mexican state of Aguascalientes was among five people killed in a helicopter crash, according to the state’s governor.

“We deeply regret the death of these five men,” the governor of Aguascalientes, Teresa Jiménez, said at a press conference on Thursday, expressing her condolences to the bereaved.

Among those killed in the crash of the Eagle 1 helicopter, which belonged to the Secretariat of Public Security of the state of Aguascalientes, is Porfirio Sánchez Mendoza, the head of security in Aguascalientes. The other four include the helicopter pilot, a captain and two gunners, according to Jimenez.

Jimenez said investigations into the cause of the incident had begun, but added that “everything points” to an accident and that he would share more details once the investigation is complete.

Jimenez also highlighted the “heroic” actions of the pilot who landed the helicopter in an empty lot instead of a populated area.

Images of the crash showed the smoking wreckage of the helicopter and police cars around a grassy area.

In 2018, a military helicopter carrying officials surveying earthquake damage crashed in the southeastern Mexican state of Oaxaca, killing more than a dozen people.

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