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Helicopter crash in Ecudaor

A helicopter crash in Ecuador killed the countries first female defense minister as well as her daughter and five others. The president has ordered a large investigation into the crash. The crash came just ten days into the presidents inauguration.

The reporter in the article from the Baltimore Sun did a good job writing about a tragic situation. The lead in the article is short and concise and to the point. He does not introduce names in the lead but does so in the upcoming paragraphs. One thing that I did think was odd about the article that he does not introduce the name of the defense minister until the fourth paragraph. This seems like something that is pertinent enough to be said earlier in the article then that. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-ecuador0125,0,3206782.story?coll=bal-nationworld-headlines

I compared this article with one written from the Union Tribune in San Diego. The two articles share very similar leads that are brief and do not contain very many details. However in the article out of San Diego, the writer starts out with a quote directly after the lead. I would have liked to have known more about the situation before a quote was introduced. This article as well does not introduce the name of any of the victims until the fourth paragraph.
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20070125-1449-ecuador-ministerdies.html

Overall I felt that both of the two sources did a good job of getting the information across to the reader. Both contained leads that were concise and did not contain too much information to overwhelm the reader but did do enough to entice the reader to continue with the article.

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