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Helicopter carrying aid to quake zones in Mexico goes down

Neighbors camp out in an alley at night, afraid to spend time inside their heavily damaged homes, in a zone affected by Thursday's magnitude 8.1 earthquake, in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Life for many has moved outdoors in the quake-shocked city of Juchitan, where a third of the homes are reported uninhabitable and repeated aftershocks have scared people away from many structures still standing. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
September 12, 2017 - 12:58 PM

MEXICO CITY - Civil defence officials say a Russian-built military helicopter went down Tuesday while carrying relief aid to a quake-ravaged part of Mexico.

The governor of the southern state of Chiapas wrote in his Twitter account that the Mi-17 transport helicopter was heading to the Chiapas town of Jaltenango when it went down. Gov. Manuel Velasco didn't give any details on injuries.

But the state's civil defence director told the Milenio television network that seven military personnel and one civil defence worker aboard the craft had made contact with rescue workers and said some had been injured.

Jaltenango is one of the areas hit by an 8.1 magnitude earthquake last week that killed at least 96 people in Chiapas and neighbouring Oaxaca.

Velasco later posted a photo of the helicopter with its landing gear partly collapsed after what appeared to be a forced landing.

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