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The plane was flying to Mexico City, and had 97 passengers and four crew on board

Aeroplane crashes in Durango after take-off in Mexico

The plane was flying to Mexico City, and had 97 passengers and four crew on board

A passenger plane has crashed in the capital of Mexico’s Durango state, just moments after take-off.

State Governor José Rosas Aispuro said there were no deaths among the 101 on board, although around 85 were injured – two critically, including the pilot.

The governor said the plane was hit by a gust of wind, which caused a sudden descent. Its left wing then touched the ground and two engines came off.

Most passengers were able to walk away before it caught fire.

The names and nationalities of those on board are currently unknown.

Aeroméxico flight AM2431 was flying from Guadalupe Victoria International Airport to Mexico City.

Authorities said that of the 97 passengers and four crew, 37 were hospitalised after the crash and two were in a critical condition.

The airline’s chief executive, Andres Conesa, said the captain had sustained injuries.

“The flight captain is being operated on. What we know so far is that these aren’t life-threatening injuries,” he said.

The airport operator, Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte, said early data suggests bad weather was the cause, and that the plane had taken off during a heavy hailstorm before being forced to attempt an emergency landing.

The plane crashed shortly after take-off
Around 85 people were injured in the crash, two critically

Governor Aispuro said witnesses told him there was a “bang”, before the almost-full Embraer 190 fell to the ground without warning at around 16:00 local time (21:00 GMT).

One passenger told a local television network it felt like a strong air current hit the aircraft.

Civil defence spokesperson Alejandro Cardoza said a fire which started after the crash was put out, and there were no burn victims.

“Many managed to leave the plane on foot,” Mr Cardoza said.

All health care bodies in the state were on alert to take care of the injured, the governor said.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto tweeted that he had also instructed federal agencies to help.

Guadalupe Victoria airport was closed after the crash.

In a statement, Aeroméxico said they “deeply regret” the accident, while Brazilian plane company Embraer said they had sent a team to the crash site.

 

bbc.com

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