Aeromexico plane crashes in north-central Mexico with no fatalities

Clay Curtis
August 4, 2018

The governor of Mexico's Durango state says authorities have confirmed that all passengers and crew survived when a plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the state capital's airport.

The Mexico City-bound Embraer 190 jet was nearly full, with 103 on board including two infants and four crew members, when it came down at around 4 pm (21:00 GMT) on Tuesday, authorities said. The other was the plane's pilot, who needed an operation on his spine but is reportedly in a stable condition.

Authorities said that the plane had taken off in heavy rain and that it came down around six miles from the airport.

Israel Solano Mejia, director of the Durango city civil defense agency, told Foro TV that the plane "made it off the ground, but fell nose-first" just a few hundred yards from the end of the runway.

The airline said the plane was an Embraer 190 with a capacity of 100 passengers, flying between Durango and Mexico City.

Worldwide rules dictate that Mexico will lead the crash investigation, with help from Brazil - where the Embraer jet was built - and the United States, where its engines were made.

In July 1981, an Aeromexico flight crashed on landing in northern Chihuahua due to bad weather, killing 32.

One passenger recalled hearing an explosion right before the plane went down-but couldn't tell if it was from a lightning strike or a mechanical failure.

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There were 101 people - 97 passengers and four crew members - on the flight destined for Mexico City.

The plane had tried to take off in a severe storm, but smacked down on its belly in a nearby field.

Mr Cardoza said that around 85 people had suffered mostly light injuries, adding that the fire from the accident had been put out.

Aispuro said that many passengers apparently managed to exit the wreckage on their own and some even walked back to the airport.

One of those seriously injured was a young girl who sustained burns.

A man aboard was filming when an Aeroméxico plane crashed seconds after takeoff in northern Mexico Tuesday.

- A dedicated team has been on the ground since the incident at the site, and at local hospitals and hotels where passengers and their families are located now, tending to whatever their needs may be, the company claimed.

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