Mexico’s AMLO refutes blame for chopper crash

Mexico's Secretary of the Interior Olga Sanchez Cordero, center, stands between urns with ashes of Puebla state Gov. Martha Erika Alonso, left, and her husband, ex-Puebla Gov. Rafael Moreno Valle, during a farewell ceremony in Puebla City, southeast of Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. Mexico has invited experts from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board to investigate a helicopter crash that killed the governor, her husband, two pilots and a third passenger. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says “neofascists” and conservatives are blaming the government for a helicopter crash that killed two opposition politicians.

Lopez Obrador refused to speculate on what caused the crash, but military experts said no explosive devices were found in the wreckage.

Mexico asked the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board for help with a probe, but the U.S. government shutdown has delayed the request.

Lopez Obrador said Wednesday that social media videos that suggest the helicopter was shot down were the work of “neofascist groups who are angry about our victory and are trying to slander us.”

The Monday crash killed opposition Gov. Martha Erika Alonso of the central state of Puebla and her husband, ex-Gov. Rafael Moreno Valle. Two pilots and a third passenger also died.

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