The Puebla Prosecutor’s Office reported a fifth arrest for the 2018 plane crash, in which then-Governor Martha Erika Alonso Hidalgo and Senator Rafael Moreno Valle died.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office, the fifth detainee is Miguel ‘N’, who also works in the company Rotor Flight Services, “Related to the operation of the aircraft in which five people who lost their lives were traveling.”
The @FiscaliaPuebla He served a fifth arrest warrant as a result of the investigation of the air event recorded on December 24, 2018. The person arrested is Miguel N., who also works at Rotor Flight Services.
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– FGE Puebla (@FiscaliaPuebla) December 29, 2020
Authorities point to Miguel N of the crimes of homicide by way of fault, damage to property of others by way of fault and falsehood in statements made before an authority, without providing further details.
On December 25, two years after the accident, authorities reported the arrest of four members of this company, whom they accused of the same crimes.
On December 24, 2018, Martha Erika Alonso and her husband, former Governor Rafael Moreno Valle, died after the helicopter in which they were traveling from Puebla to Mexico City collapsed.
The helicopter in which they were traveling with three other people collapsed ten minutes after taking off, causing the death of the five crew members. The aircraft, XA-BON, fell in the municipality of Coronango, Puebla.
On March 27, 2020, the head of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT), Javier Jiménez Espriú, reported that the investigation into the plane crash showed that it was not an attack, the cause was the malfunction of the aircraft due to inadequate maintenance by the operating company.
The cause of the accident was the loss of control of the helicopter due to multiple mechanical failures.