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Report says helicopter crash that killed 14 marines was due to lack of fuel

Los Mochis, Sinaloa — A report made public by the FGR says a lack of fuel was the reason a navy helicopter crashed in July.

In their briefing, the Fiscalía General de la República (FGR) said that it was a lack of fuel that caused the July 15 helicopter crash that killed 14 marines. The crash happened in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, shortly after the crew on board participated in the mountainous search and capture of fugitive Rafael Caro Quintero.

From that stemmed local media reports that the two may have been related, however, according to the official investigation, “there is an opinion on explosion fires, which indicates that there was no attack of an external nature, nor any explosion caused by any artifact unrelated to the aircraft.”

The manufacturing company of the helicopter’s black box analyzed it and determined that a lack of fuel was the cause of the crash.

In that crash, 14 of the 15 on board died when the helicopter began spiraling and crashed after returning from a mission and attempting to land at the Los Mochis Airport in the state of Sinaloa.