- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 8, 2008

MEXICO CITY (AP) - An official overseeing the investigation into a plane crash that killed Mexico’s interior secretary say the jet was not on fire and did break up prior to the crash, and evidence indicates the pilot lost control.

Officials say the plane was traveling at almost 300 mph (500 kph) when it crashed into cars on a Mexico City street on Tuesday, killing 14.

The plane was supposed to be turning east toward the city’s international airport, but was traveling almost northward when it crashed.

Investigation head Gilberto Lopez said Saturday that “this clearly proves what we had believed, that there was an abrupt loss of control.”

Lopez did not give a cause. Investigators are looking at whether turbulence from another plane played a role.

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