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14 Marines Killed in Mexican Navy Helicopter Crash (Video)

Sat 16 Jul 2022 | 11:37 AM
Omnia Ahmed

A Mexican Navy helicopter crashed in Sinaloa on Friday, killing fourteen people, navy officials announced on Saturday.

The Navy revealed that a Black Hawk helicopter crashed in the coastal city of Los Mochis without disclosing any further details. A total of 14 people died in the crash and one person is receiving medical attention.

The authorties said there is no information suggesting the crash was related to the Friday capture of infamous drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero.

The Navy "laments the deaths of those who lost their lives in this accident," it said, adding, "as of now, there is no information linking the plane crash to the arrest of the alleged drug trafficker."

The United States is after Caro Quintero and seeks to extradite him for the murder of Enrique Camarena Salazar, an agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in 1985.

Due to the Camarena case, "relations between Mexico and the United States were tense" for a time, former DEA agent Hector Berrellez told Xinhua in an interview.

Last year, a small plane, was heading for Arizona, crashed in the northern Mexico border state of Sonora on Saturday, killing six people and injuring another.

The plane had taken off from the city of Hermosillo in Sonora on a flight to Tucson, Arizona. The incident occurred shortly after takeoff.

Sonora’s state government economic development official Leonardo Ciscomani was one of those who died in the crash. Additionally, the pilot was among the dead.