Mexico has determined that the military helicopter crash that killed 14 people in Sinaloa in July was due to running out of fuel after the operation to arrest the drug lord.
The office of the Mexican Attorney General on September 29 announced the results of an investigation, saying that the helicopter was not shot down but crashed because it ran out of fuel, based on the manufacturer’s analysis of the plane’s black boxes.
The Mexican Navy’s Black Hawk helicopter carrying 15 Marines crashed in July while participating in an operation against drug lord Caro Quintero in Sinaloa state, killing 14 soldiers.
The incident occurred hours after a group of marines captured drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero in the mountains. Soldiers on the Black Hawk helicopter that crashed did not directly capture Quintero, but were on duty to ensure the security of those participating in the operation.
Quintero, 69, is wanted for extradition to the United States for allegedly kidnapping, torturing and killing undercover agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 1985.
This drug lord, nicknamed Rafa, is one of 10 fugitives most wanted by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with a reward of up to $ 20 million. Quintero’s extradition to the US is still ongoing.
Last month, a Navy official said the helicopter crashed due to a problem with the fuel system, but it was not clear whether there was a technical or human error. The investigative conclusion of the Attorney General’s Office has not clarified this question.
Huyen Le (Theo AP)