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Air Force helicopter carrying four crashes in Chihuahua

Guadalupe y Calvo, Chihuahua — A helicopter belonging to the Mexican Air Force crashed on a runway over the weekend, leaving its four crew members injured.

La Secretaria de la Defensa Nacional (Sedena) reported the crash of the MD-530F helicopter Sunday afternoon during landing operations after a transfer flight from the municipality of Badiraguato, Sinaloa to Zorrillo in the municipality of Guadalupe y Calvo in Chihuahua.

General Luis Cresencio Sandoval González, head of National Defense Secretariat, says the four crew members, who were left with various injuries, were taken to the Mazatlan Regional Military Hospital by a Bell 412 helicopter, also from the Mexican Air Force.

In a statement, Sedena says that it will be responsible for investigating the crash of its aircraft, reviewing possible causes for the accident. Preliminary reports say the pilot apparently lost control while performing landing maneuvers on the runway when the accident occurred.