MEXICO CITY (AP) – A helicopter carrying the Cabinet minister in charge of Mexico’s federal police, his deputy and seven others crashed amid thick clouds outside Mexico City on Wednesday, and there were no survivors, the president said.

The Bell helicopter was carrying Public Safety Secretary Ramon Martin Huerta – whose ministry heads the federal police – Federal Preventive Police Chief Tomas Valencia, five other passengers and a crew of two.

It had taken off from a military parade ground in Mexico City and was headed to an event at the maximum-security La Palma prison, 35 miles west of Mexico City, when it was crashied in dense clouds.

“They all died in the line of duty,” President Vicente Fox said in a televised address.

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