People of Mexico’s central state of Puebla are still in a shock after their new governor Martha Érika Alonso and her senator husband Rafael Moreno Valle, above, died in an air crash on Monday at 2.50pm, local reports say.
The Agusta 109 helicopter in which the two were travelling in crashed into a cornfield in Huejotzingo under the municipality of Santa Maria Coronango ten minutes after it took off from a heliport in Puebla on a flight to Mexico City.
Two pilots and a co-passenger also died. Federal and state officials have started investigations into the cause of the crash.
The Christmas Eve tragedy hit the couple just ten days after Alonso representing National Action Party was sworn in as Puebla’s first woman governor after a disputed contest.
Alonso’s July 1 election was challenged by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s Morena party which alleged Moreno Valle had rigged the election to ensure victory for his wife.
Alonso was belatedly sworn in as governor on Dec 14 after the Federal Electoral Tribunal announced her victory on Dec 9.
The president tweeted his condolences to the family of Alonso and Moreno Valle.
Moreno Valle governed Puebla from 2011 to 2017 and he was a senator before his death.