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Turbulence Caused Crash of Mexican Jet, Official Says

The fatal crash of a the Lear jet, which killed everyone aboard, including Mexico’s interior minister, may have been caused by the turbulence from a large passenger jet it was following too closely, the transportation secretary said Friday, according to MSNBC.

The pilots of the jet did not immediately slow down after they learned they were nearly one nautical mile too close behind a Boeing 767-300, preliminary investigations revealed, MSNBC said.

Both aircrafts were on their way to Mexico City’s international airport on Nov. 4.

No alcohol or drug traces were found in either pilot and no evidence has been found to indicate that anything was wrong with the plane, Luis Tellez said to CNN.

Interior Secretary Juan Camilo Mourino died with the eight other passengers on board. Five additional people were killed and 14 were injured on ground when the jet crashed into rush-hour traffic in Mexico City, CNN said.

Mourino, a close confidant of President Felipe Calderon, was compared to the equivalent of a vice-president by MSNBC.