Passenger aircraft crashes in Mexico shortly after takeoff

Marsha Scott
August 2, 2018

An Aeromexico jetliner crashed in a field while taking off during a severe storm in northern Mexico Tuesday.

Durango is more than 550 miles northwest of Mexico City.

"It was raining, there was a storm". Both engines were knocked loose.

"Fortunately, we have now found all 103 - now we know where each one is - this gives us a lot of tranquillity", Durango state Gov. Jose Aispuro said, according to The Associated Press.

Herrero added: "It's kind of a miracle we all made it". We've worked long and hard in the industry to ensure that an event like this is something that people can walk away from, that the seats don't slide forward on impact, that limbs are protected.

Ninety-seven passengers and four crew were on board the Embraer 190 aircraft, said Mexico Transportation Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza.

About 49 people were taken to hospital with injuries. Earlier tallies of those aboard did not include two minors. He said some passengers got out under their power, and some even wandered back to the nearby airport of Durango city to seek out relatives.

David Gleave, a United Kingdom -based crash investigator and air safety consultant, said the absence of fatalities reflected the relatively low speed of the impact, as well as decades of work in improving aircraft design.

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"All my solidarity and wishes of fast recovery for the wounded", he wrote on Twitter late Tuesday.

"The entire staff of our health system has been put on alert to care for the injured people", Aispuro said. He described a odd accident scene in which some passengers got out under their power, and some even wandered back to the airport to seek out relatives. The plane has a capacity of 100 passengers.

"The accident was caused, according to preliminary reports, by adverse weather conditions", the OMA said via Twitter. The pilot of the plane was seriously injured.

The lack of a death toll recalls a 2008 crash landing by a British Airways Boeing 777 short of the runway at London's Heathrow Airport. The plane had barely taken off when it felt like it was hit by a strong air current, another passenger told network Televisa.

The Aviation Safety Network counted just 10 fatal accidents involving commercial aircraft past year, causing 44 deaths.

The airline's CEO said the Embraer 190 jet was 10 years old, "perfectly maintained", and was last serviced in February. There were no fatalities the airport said.

Aispuro Torres said there were no deaths. "There was another family with three kids and another man whose head was all bloody", Jackeline Flores, a passenger on the flight, told Univision. Passengers and crew jumped to safety before the plane was engulfed in flames, Aljazeera has said.

The office published photos of a burning but seemingly relatively intact plane lying on its belly in a field. Lines of ambulances were waiting at the accident site.

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