MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – The black box of a helicopter that crashed to the ground during operations for the capture of Mexican drug smuggler Rafael Caro Quintero, an accident that killed 14 sailors, will be analyzed in the United States by the Sikorsky Company, manufacturer. of aircraft.
This was pointed to the Associated Press by Rear Admiral Jose Orozco, a spokesman for the Secretary of the Navy, who said technicians from that agency would travel to the United States on Friday to participate in the diagnosis of the incident along with personnel from the Mexican Navy. Federal Prosecutor’s Office and construction company specialists.
Orozco said a record of the last two minutes of flight near the so-called black box would be important in reliably determining the cause of the crash.
According to experts, sending black boxes, aircraft registration equipment, equipment to manufacturers is somewhat common in this type of incident, especially if they are fatal.
The first data, still preliminary, suggest that “there may be problems with the fuel supply system, but we do not know whether this is due to human error or technical failure,” said the rear admiral.
According to the military official, this first hypothesis was “due to the experience of the pilots and the messages that the helicopter had with the control tower … but nothing has been confirmed.”
A Navy Black Hawk helicopter crashed on July 15 in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, a northwestern Mexican state off the Pacific Coast, hours after Carro Quintero was held for extradition to the United States, where he was charged with organized crime and kidnapping. and charged with murder. of an agent of the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in 1985.
According to what President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said at the time, the plane was in charge of providing security to members of the Navy and the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, who participated in Capo’s arrest in a town in the Sierra de Sinaloa. One sailor narrowly survived the accident.
On a few occasions, Mexican cartels have shown a substantial ability to fire at helicopters, but in that case, the Navy denied from the outset that it could have been caused by an attack and always described it as an “accident”. .
The president ordered a detailed investigation that is being coordinated by the Attorney General’s office.
Caro Quintero, 69, was one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives since he was released from a Mexican prison in 2013 for an apparent miscarriage of justice after nearly three decades in captivity for the murder of a DEA agent and a pilot. Mexican.
He was one of the main suppliers of heroin, cocaine and marijuana to the United States between the 1970s and 1980s and, according to officials, had returned to the criminal business since his release from prison.