The aircraft was working in the town of Santiago Jamiltepec after it was hit by a strong earthquake.
Last Friday, an earthquake of magnitude 7.2 on the Richter scale shook Santiago Jamiltepec, a small city of almost 20,000 inhabitants in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.
The earthquake caused serious damage to buildings in the city and nearby areas, but the tragedy came when a Black Hawk military helicopter crashed to the ground as it made a flight assessing the damage of the earthquake.
Due to the serious destruction in many houses, a group of people decided to build an improvised camp in a clear field.
When the helicopter approached at night flying low, the people who were camping “got excited and their curiosity led them to run en masse towards the aircraft”, explains under anonymity a military command deployed in Jamiltepec.
For unknown reasons, the aircraft rushed over the group of people, of whom 13 died and some were mutilated.
“He circled several times, flew low, short, and suddenly it fell down (violently) with the propeller on the poor people, and the shouting started,” said Leopoldo García, a resident near the scene of the tragedy. .
Meanwhile, another neighbor who did not want to give his name for fear of reprisals from the military, said the victims “were cut in half” and the bodies “torn up” were picked up by their families.
According to him, the authorities “do not want the truth to be known” because they do not want to admit that the helicopter “had faults”.
On board the aircraft were Minister of Interior Alfonso Navarrete and Governor of Oaxaca, Alejandro Murat, who were unharmed.
The accident generated a lot of indignation among the inhabitants of Santiago Jamiltepec, who now demand answers and justice.