Mexico Crash Kills Six Including State Officials

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
By George Hatcher

The Mexican Attorney General’s Beechcraft 300 Super King Air took off from MMZC Aeropuerto Internacional de Zacatecas (Calera) to serve an arrest warrant on members of a drug cartel but this party never achieved their objective.

Presumably due to a mechanical failure, the plane lost altitude–for no apparent reason–and crashed five minutes after takeoff and fifteen kilometers from the airport in farmland.

The plane had been scheduled to take off the night before, but mechanical problems delayed the flight.

The six aboard–including a federal prosecutor and two federal ministerial police–died on impact at Noria de los Gringos, Zacatecas. The plane smashed up, and caught fire in the grassy field.

Law enforcement arrived quickly to secure the scene but it was too late for the passengers.

List of casualties

  • Federal Ministry Púplico: Antonio Alvarez Mota
  • Federal Ministerial Agents: Francisco Leonardo Child and Martin Flores Ricardo Benitez
  • Pilot: Flowers Millan (Last)
  • Copilot: Bravo García (Last)
  • Mechanical: Miguel Angel Guerrero CollierFederal Ministry Púplico: Antonio Alvarez Mota

The cause of the crash in Zacatecas is under investigation.

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