At least six people have died after crashing a Mexican Air Force plane at El Lencero Airport, in the municipality of Emiliano Zapata, just outside the city of Xalapa, in the Mexican state of Veracruz.
Official reports indicate that the Learjet aircraft with registration 3912, belonging to the Secretariat of National Defense of Mexico (Sedena), caught fire immediately, which is why its six crew members, including the pilot and copilot, died at the scene. Members of the Mexican Army, State Police, and aid personnel from the airport went to the accident area, where they tried, without success, rescue the pilots who were trapped in the middle of the fire. After putting out the fire, ministerial personnel proceeded to lift the bodies.
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The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, sent his condolences to the relatives of the victims: «My deepest condolences to the relatives of Senator Radamés Salazar (who died this Sunday due to Covid-19) as well as to the relatives of the six officers and soldiers who lost their lives in an aviation accident in Veracruz. I hug you all with love, “wrote the president on his official Twitter account.
Likewise, Luis Cresencio Sandoval, Secretary of National Defense, lamented in the same social network the death of the military who, he said, were in the line of duty. «We send our most sincere condolences to all his relatives, wishing them a speedy recovery and peace; assuring them that they will be supported in everything that is required, “he said.
The Sedena regretted the accident and assured that it will verify that the benefits are granted that by law correspond to their heirs, as well as the necessary accompaniment to support them in all their needs during this difficult time. And he announced in a press release that the Air Accidents Investigating and Judging Commission and the Inspection and Comptroller General of the Army and Air Force will carry out the expert reports to determine the causes of the accident.