The Secretary of Communications and Transportation, Javier Jiménez Espriú, reported that the results of the final opinion on the accident that caused the death of the former governor of Puebla, Martha Erika Alonso, and her husband the senator Rafael Moreno Valle, indicate that a failure in both linear actuators caused the pilot to lose control of the helicopter.
The loss of control of the helicopter was due to a sudden roll to the left, which was not recovered by the pilot-in-command, causing the helicopter to be reversed on the flight, “said Javier Jiménez Espriú at the morning press conference with President López Worker.
The federal official indicated that according to the opinion, carried out by several organizations, it was determined that the sudden roll to the left was possibly due to the fact that both linear actuators, which move the blades of the main motor, were simultaneously extended without having been commanded .
When presenting the case report, he indicated that according to the investigations, on December 13 -11 days before the plane crash where the governor of Puebla, her husband and three other people lost their lives- the helicopter was already showing failures.
The head of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT) said that the helicopter “should not have flown, it should have been on the ground since it was not‘ airworthy “.
Javier Jiménez Espriú assured that the final report did not observe indications of foreign materials or sabotage by explosives.
SCT will audit company and workshop of the injured helicopter in Puebla
The Secretary of Communications and Transportation reported that after the results of the final investigation of the accident, audits will be initiated to the company and to the workshop responsible for maintaining the aircraft.
He indicated that the technical and administrative audits will be carried out to the Altiplano Air Services company and to the Rotor Flight Services maintenance workshop, in addition to the fact that its operations will be temporarily suspended until the results of the reviews are available.
It was also reported that fines of around 300 thousand pesos have been applied and the final report will be forwarded to the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) and to the Puebla State Attorney’s Office to continue with the corresponding investigations.
This is how the accident occurred where Martha Erika Alonso and Rafael Moreno Valle died
On December 24, 2018 the Agusta A109S Grand model helicopter collapsed in the municipality of Santa María Coronango, Puebla, when the five crew members were traveling to Mexico City.
Politicians Martha Erika Alonso and Rafael Moreno Valle died in the accident, in addition to Roberto Cope Obregón, captain of the aircraft, Marco Antonio Tavera Romero, first officer and Héctor Baltazar Mendoza, assistant to the senator.
With information from the Government of Mexico and Notimex.