Helicopter Crash in Honduras Kills 6 People, Including President's Sister

Lester Mason
December 17, 2017

Hilda Hernandez, sister of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, and five other people were killed in a helicopter crash Saturday on a mountain near the Honduran capital. The remains of the aircraft were discovered after reconnaissance helicopters and ground teams were dispatched in severe weather conditions, the Honduran armed forces said in a statement, cited by Reuters.

The remaining victims of the crash were Hilda's companion, Patricia Valladares; security agents Nahun Lagos and Marcos Banegas, and pilot Ivan Esau Vasquez Portillo, La Prensa reports.

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.

After learning of his sister's death, the president posted a photograph of her and an image of a black ribbon on his Twitter account, without any additional message or comment.

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

Police and soldiers dismantled the barricades only to see them re-emerge as masses gathered to reject the slim lead held by President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who has been accused of electoral fraud by the main opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla.

The opposition is contesting the results.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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