Second Mexican government jet crashes in a month

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexican official says a second federal government Learjet has crashed in just over a month, killing two pilots.

Tlaxcala state government spokesman Fernandez Ahuatzi says the Learjet 23 lost contact with controllers shortly before plunging into a lake east of Mexico City.

Rescuers recovered the body of the pilot and were trying to extract the copilot's body from the wreckage Monday. The cause is under investigation.

Sunday's night crash comes just over a month after Mexican Interior Secretary Juan Camilo Mourino and 14 other people were killed when a Learjet 45 plowed into a Mexico City neighborhood.

Ahuatzi says the Learjet 23 was owned by a federal agency but was being used by the Tlaxcala government when it crashed.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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