Governor, Ex-Governor of Central Mexican State Die in Helicopter Crash

The current and ex-governors of the Mexican central state of Puebla died in a helicopter crash on Monday, the Associated Press reports. Gov. Martha Erika Alonso and ex-Gov. Rafael Moreno Valle were reportedly on a helicopter that took off from Puebla’s capital city and crashed in Huejotzingo, about 20 miles away. Alonso, wife of Moreno Valle, reportedly took office as Puebla’s governor less than two weeks ago. The AP reports Moreno Valle also held the governorship from 2011 to 2018 and was serving as a federal senator at the time of the crash. According to Mexican media, there were four people on the helicopter and at least two died. Authorities are also reportedly investigating “strong winds or a mechanical failure” as the cause of the crash. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador reportedly sent his “deepest condolences” to their families via Twitter.