Aviation crash claims Puebla governor, ex-governor

Police and rescue personnel stand at the scene where the helicopter transporting Martha Erika Alonso governor of the state of Puebla and his husband Senator Rafel Moreno Valle crashed in Coronango

The couple were killed on Monday in a helicopter crash in central Mexico.

Her politician husband, Senator Rafael Moreno Valle, was also onboard the helicopter and has died.

He added that his government's investigation of the crash will "tell the truth about what happened and act accordingly".

National Action Party president Marko Cortes tweets that he deeply regrets Monday's accident in which they died.

Rafael Moreno Valle Rosas became Senator in September and was governor from 2011 to 2017.

According to the Mexican Public Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo, the helicopter crash was caused by a technical problem.

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The result of the July vote in which Alonso won office was disputed by Lopez Obrador's Morena party, which alleged that it was marred by widespread irregularities and manipulated by Moreno Valle in order to hand power to his wife.

Earlier this year, 13 people died when a minister's helicopter crashed into a crowd, although the minister himself survived, our correspondent says.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador also expressed his condolences and pledged to investigate the causes of the crash in a Twitter message.

Benito Nacif, an official at the federal electoral institute, said Puebla's Congress would have to appoint an interim governor until new elections could be held for a successor to serve out the remainder of Alonso's term. My sympathies to their loved ones.

The pilots have been identified as Capt Roberto Cope and First Officer Marco Antonio Tavera. Both were members of the PAN, like Alonso and her husband.

It is presumed that a fifth passenger was on board, but no details have been released.

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