Chilling video shows the moment a helicopter begins to circle frantically in the air seconds before crashing and killing three Mexican soldiers
- Three marines were killed and two others injured in a helicopter crash Saturday in Tabasco state in southeastern Mexico.
- The soldiers were on a scheduled reconnaissance flight when they were seen spinning through the air and falling into a field in the port town of Centla.
- The injured soldiers were rushed to a naval hospital in the city of Frontera
- There have been three Navy helicopter crashes in 2022. A crash in July killed 14 soldiers in Los Mochis following the capture of a major drug trafficker
Three marines were killed and two others injured after their helicopter crashed into a field in southeastern Mexico.
The helicopter was spotted by a resident hovering near a port in Centla, Tabasco, when it suddenly crashed on Saturday afternoon.
According to the Navy, the aircraft was on a reconnaissance flight in the area.
It spun several times before falling from the sky, cellphone video showed.
Additional footage showed residents of a public housing complex and authorities rushing to the crash site located near a school for kindergarten children and rescuing two soldiers as smoke rose from the wreckage .
A resident of the town of Centla in southeastern Mexico recorded the moment a Navy helicopter spun out of control and crashed into a field on Saturday, killing three Marines and injuring two others.
Residents and first responders carry one of two Marines injured after their helicopter crashed during a flying mission in Tabasco, Mexico on Saturday
A resident stands above the wrecked helicopter as it inflated during an attempt to pull out the two surviving Marines who were injured in the crash that killed three servicemen
The soldiers were rushed to a naval hospital in the city of Tabasco in Frontera and treated for their injuries.
The Navy said an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the tragic accident.
The incident follows the July 15 helicopter crash that killed 14 agents on a mission to capture drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero.
Three Mexican Navy helicopters have been involved in accidents in 2022, with the latest accident taking place on Saturday in Centla, Tabasco
Marines flushed out Caro Quintero with a bloodhound in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, one of Mexico’s drug trafficking hotspots, before the Black Hawk helicopter went down as it was about to take off. land south of Los Mochis.
Investigators found the crash was caused by the helicopter not having enough fuel.
A Navy helicopter also crashed at Mazatlán International Airport on April 26 and injured four soldiers.