November 13, 2011- The head transportation official for Mexico said that thus far no evidence has been found that would point to foul play as a cause of the copter crash that killed Francisco Blake Mora, the Interior Minister, and seven others. Officials are saying that weather played a part in the Friday accident.
Reporters were told Saturday by Secretary of Communications and Transportation, Dionisio Perez Jacome that no evidence of fire or explosion was found in the wreckage. He said it appeared as though the copter pilot was trying to avoid low-lying, thick clouds when the helicopter crashed on the outskirts of Mexico City en route to Cuernavaca.
Photographs and images from the radar were displayed to show the copter pilot altered the flight path that is usually taken to Cuernavaca, which is located south of the capital city. Officials believe the pilot may have changed his flight path and descended to a lower altitude in an attempt to find enhanced visibility.
The transportation minister also said the way the debris was scattered along the field would suggest the copter was flying level and straight when the crash took place. He said the investigation would continue but thus far, no evidence has suggested foul play. Investigative experts from France and the United States are due to arrive Sunday to help with the investigation.