Injured After Aeromexico Flight Crashes Following Takeoff

Aeromexico plane carrying 101 people crashes in northern Mexico

At least 85 passengers on an Aeromexico flight were injured when the plane crashed, shortly after takeoff, in the Mexican city of Durango on Tuesday.

All 103 people on board escaped alive before the Embraer 190 caught fire after skidding virtually intact in a field near the airport.

The airport has been closed while officials attend to the wreckage.

"Open the door!" passengers are heard shouting in the footage after the Embraer 190 slams into the ground near the runway at General Guadalupe Victoria International Airport in Durango as it takes off for Mexico City.

Officials said it was too early to say what caused the crash of flight number 2431, but investigators were expected to look into wind shear - a downdraft from storm clouds known as a microburst - as a potential factor.

While there were no fatalities, 49 passengers had to be taken to hospital, including the pilot and a passanger, who are in "critical but stable condition", The Telegraph reports.

The pilot was forced to land around 10kms from the airport, with the cause of the crash now unconfirmed, but early reports state it may have been due to bad weather. We can say that the airplane was not even able to take off at the moment it was forced to land.

He said the accident occurred at 3.45pm (local time) and could have been provoked by a storm.

Rescue workers and firefighters are seen at the site where an Aeromexico airliner has suffered an "accident" in a field near the airport of Durango, Mexico, Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

The governor of Durango told Mexican TV the plane was taking off in bad weather and the pilots tried to abort the takeoff, but couldn't in time.

"Many managed to leave the plane on foot", Alejandro Cardoza, a spokesman for the state's civil protection agency, said on local television.

Durango is more than 550 miles northwest of Mexico City. We are deeply saddened and moved by this incident, and we would like to reiterate, first of all, that the Grupo Aeroméxico family extends its support, thoughts and prayers to those affected and their families. The official added that only the hospital was delivered in 49 people, a lot of them received minor injuries.

"We report the crash of an @Aeromexico plane in Durango, Mexico".



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