Airline reports plane accident in Durango, Mexico

  • Airline reports plane accident in Durango, Mexico

Airline reports plane accident in Durango, Mexico

A US passenger aboard a flight that crashed on takeoff in northern Mexico said that a strong burst of wind and hail hit the Aeromexico jetliner, apparently knocking it back to the ground, where there were only moments to evacuate before it burned.

"We walked, we arrived at a little white [house] and we waited for the rain to stop and someone to help us".

Young cautioned as well that "good fortune is crucial in any accident". Another person injured in the incident was Rev. Esequiel Sanchez, director of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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.

He said the plane hit the ground and "started bouncing, shaking and sliding" before hitting trees and coming to a stop in a ditch.

"Then all of a sudden the plane starts rocking and it starts seriously, seriously moving around and then hitting the ground". He was "alert and resting", the diocese said, adding, "We pray for Fr. Sanchez and everyone affected by this plane crash". "It transported 100 people on board".

When a flock of birds knocked out both engines of a US Airways jet on January 15, 2009, Captain Sully Sullenberger managed to put the plane down in the ice-cold waters of the Hudson River off Manhattan Island in NY. While there were injuries, everyone survived the crash. Aircraft engineers have reinforced areas that proved to be weak in previous crashes.

The second impact with the ground was much stronger than the first, Estrada said.

The Rev. Esequiel Sanchez | Provided by the Archdiocese of Chicago
The Rev. Esequiel Sanchez | Provided by the Archdiocese of Chicago

The passengers escaped from the emergency slides not long before the plane caught fire.

Many of those improvements involved learning from investigations into past disasters.

The airline's CEO says the plane was 10 years old, "perfectly maintained" and was last serviced back in February. There were almost 600 deaths a year on average over the previous 10 years, according to the group.

Aeromexico flight AM2431 was flying from Guadalupe Victoria International Airport to Mexico City. "It is decades of effort".

He said the fire that started after the crash was put out.

- Listen to the crew's safety demonstration before takeoff and memorize the locations of the nearest exits, including those to the rear.

- Stay buckled in; this will also protect against injury during turbulence. "I saw the flames in the front cabin and so that's when the plane stopped and in the back there was already a door open".

Ramin Parsa told the BBC that "shortly after the plane took off, I knew something was wrong".