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They Survived Mexico's Earthquake Only To Die When A Helicopter Crashed Into Them

The helicopter was trying to assess damage from Friday's earthquake, but crashed and killed at least 13 people on the ground, including three children. There have been no recorded victims from the quake.

Posted on February 17, 2018, at 1:13 p.m. ET

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A helicopter trying to assess damage from Friday's earthquake in Oaxaca state in Mexico crashed while landing, killing at least 13 people, including three children, Mexican officials reported.

An additional 15 people were injured as a result of the crash.

The helicopter was carrying Mexico’s interior minister and the state governor of Oaxaca. Neither were injured as a result of the crash.

The crash followed a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that left nearly a million homes and businesses without electricity, including in Mexico City, and damaged at least 50 homes in Oaxaca, Reuters reported. The earthquake itself caused no casualties.

Mexico's president, Enrique Peña Nieto, tweeted his condolences for those who lost their lives on Friday night.

El Secretario @navarreteprida, el Gobernador @alejandromurat y la tripulación se encuentran bien. Lamentablemente,… https://t.co/YtjEuinn2a

The governor of Oaxaca's office released a statement about the crash on Saturday morning, recording the official number of casualties and injuries.

Officials said the bodies of five women and four men were found at the scene, as well as two female children and a male child. A 13th victim died in hospital.

La @FISCALIA_GobOax da a conocer el reporte oficial sobre el accidente aéreo que se registró la noche de ayer en Sa… https://t.co/m8yCQoPd99

The pilot lost control as the helicopter was coming in to land, crashing on top of two vans in a field not far from the epicenter of the earthquake, the BBC reported.

The Oaxaca earthquake follows a deadly 7.1 quake in September that struck just southeast of Mexico City, collapsing buildings and claiming the lives of 471 people.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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