14 sailors die when helicopter falls

▲ The plane crashed near the Los Mochis airport; the troops had participated in the operation to arrest Rafael Caro Quintero.Photo the day

Irene Sánchez, Cristian Díaz and Gustavo Castillo and Emir Olivares, correspondents and reporters

Newspaper La Jornada
Saturday July 16, 2022, p. 8

Fourteen elements of the Secretary of the Navy (Semar) lost their lives and one was injured, after the collapse of a helicopter in the vicinity of a site near the international airport of Los Mochis, Sinaloa.

The Black Hawk aircraft, license plate ANX-2307, was transporting 15 elements that had participated in the operation that ended with the arrest of Rafael Caro Quintero in Choix, a municipality located in the mountains between Sinaloa and Chihuahua.

Semar reported that The corresponding investigations are carried out to determine the causes that could cause the accident. Elements of state Civil Protection and the municipality of Ahome, as well as the Red Cross, as well as agents from the Secretariat of Citizen Security, attended the scene to provide assistance and rescue the injured. The bodies of the 14 people were rescued between irons.

The Black Hawk was one of the two aircraft that had left Los Mochis airport yesterday morning to participate in the Choix operation.

Condolences from AMLO

On the other hand, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed that the 14 sailors who lost their lives when the helicopter collapsed participated in the operation to capture Rafael Caro Quintero. He lamented the deaths and expressed his condolences to the families of the troops.

In social networks, the president reported that the causes of the event will be investigated.

I am very sorry for the loss of 14 members of the Mexican Navy and I hope that the seriously injured officer recovers. I send my sincere condolences and hugs to his family, colleagues and friends. The Secretary of the Navy, José Rafael Ojeda Durán, has informed me that an investigation will be ordered to find out the causes of the crash of the helicopter in which they were traveling when they were about to land in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, after fulfilling the mission of supporting those who executed the arrest warrant against Rafael Caro Quinterohe pointed.

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