Injured After Aeromexico Flight Crashes Following Takeoff

  • Injured After Aeromexico Flight Crashes Following Takeoff

Injured After Aeromexico Flight Crashes Following Takeoff

Some people had burns on a quarter of their bodies, said Durango state Health Ministry spokesman Fernando Ros.

The Guadalupe Victoria airport has been closed since the plane went down near the runway during an afternoon storm.

Mexico's Transport Department said the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board was sending two investigators to assist in the investigation, and the plane's manufacturer will also participate.

Another passenger who was traveling in first class said after the plane hit the ground it slid for a long distance before coming to a halt. Two people are in critical condition, including the plane's pilot.

The plane was taking off when it tried to abort the takeoff due to bad weather, but it was too late, Aispuro Torres told reporters.

"At present, part of the Cabinet, led by the Coordinator @ RosarioCastroL, is in charge of caring for the injured and cooperating with the airport authorities in dealing with this event", he said on Twitter in Spanish.

"Within a couple of minutes, the plane just started shaking and we heard a loud noise, we don't know behind us, we don't know right or left, but we just heard a loud noise behind us, and the next thing we knew, [the plane] was starting to smoke", Rivera said.
Photos from the scene showed dark smoke rising from the scene.

Romulo Campuzano, head of a political party in Durango state who was on the plane, told Foro TV that both wings were on fire as he bolted from the aircraft. Earlier, he said a total of 49 people had been taken to hospitals, and officials said most had minor injuries.

The flight involved is reportedly Aeromexico Flight 2431 that was set to depart from the airport in Durango shortly after 3 p.m. local time and scheduled to land in Mexico City at about 4:30 p.m. local time.

Andres Conesa, the chief executive of Aeromexico, said: "Our heart is with those affected and their families". Everyone who was on board the plane have been sent to local hospitals, a Durango Civil Protection spokesperson said.

A spokesperson for Durango, Mexico's Civil Protection said an Aeromexico regional jet that crashed just after takeoff caught fire after the crash. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago said the Rev. Esequiel Sanchez suffered some injuries, but was alert and resting.

The E190 is often used for regional commercial flights around the world and is commonly used by USA carriers American Airlines and Jetblue.

Embraer has delivered more than 1,400 E-Jets.

The web site Planespotters.net said the Brazilian-made medium-range Embraer 190 was about 10 years old and had seen service with two other airlines before joining the Aeromexico fleet. The aircraft, the serial number of which was 190-173, was delivered in May 2008, the company said in a statement.

"Authorities have already started investigations into what exactly happened".