Three people, including a prominent businessman, died in a helicopter crash over the weekend in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, officials said.

The accident occurred on Saturday night in the Temoaya mountains in the central Mexican state.

"Around 2340 hours on Saturday, authorities from the state government learned that a private Augusta-109 helicopter registration number XAUQH was missing while on a private flight," the state government said in a statement.

The control tower at the Toluca airport lost contact with the aircraft and an aerial search was launched by military and civilian teams, which found the aircraft around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The helicopter went down in the Cerro Alpino near the Jiquipilco-Temoaya highway in the city of Jiquipilco, officials said.

"After landing at the crash scene and conducting the initial rescue maneuvers, paramedics confirmed the deaths of those aboard," the state government said.

Businessman Juan Armando Hinojosa Garcia, son of businessman and Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, supporter Juan Armando Hinojosa Cantu, died in the crash, Mexico state Gov. Eruviel Avila said in a Twitter posting.

"I send my deepest condolences to the Hinojosa Garcia family over the loss of their son, Juan Armando. I send an embrace of solidarity," Avila said.

Pilot Miguel Angel Rodriguez Lopez and co-pilot Rodolfo Caballero also died in the crash, media reports said.

The cause of the crash has not been determined, officials said. EFE