Published September 21, 2013
ACAPULCO, Mexico – A Mexican government spokesman says a missing Federal Police helicopter aiding in storm rescue efforts has crashed and all aboard were found dead.
Spokesman Eduardo Sanchez says the number of victims is still being determined and could be between three and five people, all federal police.
His announcement came as officials said the overall death toll from storms Manuel and Ingrid over the past week rose to 101, not counting the helicopter casualties. Sixty-eight people remain missing in La Pintada, where a landslide buried half of the town.
The helicopter went missing on Thursday as it returned from La Pintada, a remote mountain coffee-growing village northwest of the resort city of Acapulco. Weathers conditions there initially hampered rescue efforts and flights into the area.