MEXICO CITY (AP/CBSLA) — An Aeromexico airliner crashed after taking off in the northern state of Durango on Tuesday, a federal official confirmed, and the state’s governor says no one was killed.
The civil defense office of Durango state said the plane landed in a field near the airport for the state capital, also named Durango. The agency published photos of a smoking but seemingly relatively intact plane lying on its belly in a field. Lines of ambulances were waiting at the accident site.
Gerardo Ruiz Eparza, head of Mexico’s Transport Department, said that “the plane fell upon takeoff.” He said there were 97 passengers and four crew members aboard. 37 people reportedly suffered slight injuries. The most seriously injured was the pilot, according to a Mexican official. The pilot and one other person was in the hospital Tuesday night. The official said that the majority of the passengers left the plane under their own power.
The airline says in its Twitter account that it is “trying to verify the information and obtain details.” Aeromexico says it involved an Embraer 190 plane with capacity of 100 passengers. There were 103 people on board the flight.
Investigators are now looking at several factors that might have contributed to the crash. One is weather. The plane took off during a storm and tried to abort when it crashed. Another concern was the aircraft’s capacity. The plane was 10 years old and had just been serviced before joining the airline fleet.
Flight 2431 was on its way to Mexico City more than 550 miles away.
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