Female politician killed in helicopter crash 10 days after taking office

A trailblazing female politician has been killed in a helicopter crash in Mexico just 10 days after taking office.

Martha Erika Alonso, 45, was on board the aircraft along with her husband, former governor Rafael Moreno Valle Rosas, when it came down earlier today.

The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, confirmed Alonso and Valle died in the crash, in the municipality of Coronango, Puebla.

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It is unclear if the pilot died.

Alonso only assumed office as Governor of Puebla on December 14.

She was the first female ever to hold the office and only the seventh female governor in Mexican history.

She has died tragically 10 days later alongside her husband - a federal senator - and several other party officials.

Former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto paid tribute to the couple on Twitter, sending his thoughts and prayers to their family.

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Martha, who has also been known by the surname Hidalgo, was a high profile 'First Lady' of Puebla when her husband served as Governor.

During that time she worked on the the National Action Party's (PAN) fund-raising panel, DIF.

"May they rest in peace; (the PAN) is in mourning," PAN President Marko Cortes said on Twitter.

Her tenure coincided with a particularly fruitful funding for DIF period.

In 2015 she rose to become second in the party's power structure behind her husband.

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During her campaign for election - the first she had ever attempted - she distanced herself publicly from political links to her husband, though is understood to have shared several of his staff.

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