Mexico minister killed in air crash

Thirteen people die as plane goes down in evening rush hour traffic in Mexico City.

    Mourino was a close adviser to Felipe Calderon, the president [AFP]

    The force of the crash set two dozen cars ablaze and pieces of wreckage were strewn across a wide area, Tellez said, adding that at least 40 people were injured in the incident.

    Ebrard said five people on the ground who were seriously injured were taken to hospital and that a fire set off by the accident was under control.

    About 1,800 people were evacuated from the area.

    Civil aviation officials are investigating the cause of the accident.

    Mexican radio reported an air traffic controller as saying that the government Learjet was coming in to land at Mexico City airport when it hit the ground between tall buildings in a busy business district.

    "When it was at approximately [4.8 kilometers from the airport] they reported an emergency, they didn't say what kind of emergency, and we lost all contact with them," Angel Iturbe, the controller, said.

    Vasconcelos was, until recently, a key player in Mexico's army-led war on drug cartels reportedly behind the killings of more than 4,000 people this year of mainly drug traffickers but also enforcement officers.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.