Honduras accident: Helicopter crash kills sister of President Hernandez, five others

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A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53D Sea Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362, 3D Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) lands on Forward Operating Base Edinburgh, Helmand province, Afghanistan May 26, 2012. The helicopter was transporting U.S. Marines with Regional Command (SouthWest) and Afghan National Army soldiers with 4th Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 215th Corps.

No cause for the crash was given, but it happened as the country was being affected by a cold front

Hilda Hernandez, sister of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, and five other people were killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday on a mountain near the Honduran capital.

Hernandez, 51, was an agronomy engineer who served as communications minister under her brother and as minister of social development during the previous administration of then-President Porfirio Lobo. The military helicopter carrying Hernandez, four members of her security detail and a pilot took off from Tegucigalpa’s airport in the morning bound for her residence in Comayagua, about 60 kilometers from the capital.

Soon afterwards, the air force reported that the aircraft had gone missing. The wreckage was later discovered in the mountains outside of Tegucigalpa with no survivors. President Hernandez changed his Twitter profile picture to a black ribbon of mourning.

Reynaldo Sanchez, the head of the president’s National Party, said, “Be with God, Hilda Hernandez, a tireless fighter for our party.” No cause for the crash was given, but it happened as the country was being affected by a cold front. Juan Orlando Hernandez is in the middle of a dispute over Honduras’ November 26 presidential election, in which electoral officials say he took 43 per cent of the vote to 41.4 per cent for opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla.

Nasralla has alleged fraud and is not recognizing the results, and the Supreme Electoral Tribunal has not yet declared a winner.

 

 

Source: AP