Mexican governor, senator killed in helicopter crash

CRASH. This is an arial view of the scene of a helicopter accident in which the governor of the Mexican state of Puebla, Martha Erika Alonso, and her husband, senator and former governor of the same region, Rafael Moreno, died when the chopper plummeted to the ground in San Pedro Tlaltenango after taking off from nearby Puebla, on December 24, 2018.

Photo from STR/Agence France-Presse

PUEBLO, Mexico – The governor of the Mexican state of Puebla and her husband, a senator and former governor, were killed on Monday, December 24, in a helicopter crash, the country's president said.

"My deepest condolences to the relatives of Senator Rafael Moreno Valle and his wife, governor of Puebla Martha Erika Alonso," President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wrote on Twitter.

Local media also reported that the pilot and another person were killed in the accident.

According to the local constitution, the state legislature will have to appoint an interim governor and to call an extraordinary vote that must be held in 3 to 5 months. –