Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

All 101 people survived plane crash in northern Mexico, governor says

All 101 people survived plane crash in northern Mexico, governor says

As many as 85 people were injured on Tuesday, two critically, when an Aeromexico-operated Embraer passenger jet crashed soon after takeoff in Mexico's state of Durango, but authorities said there were no fatalities.

Aeromexico, the Mexican airline operating the flight, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that it was aware of an "accident" in Durango.

However, Durango Governor Jose Aispuro wrote on Twitter: 'It is confirmed there were no fatalities in the accident'.

The airport has been closed while officials attend to the wreckage.

Gerardo Ruiz Eparza, head of Mexico's Transport Department, said that "the plane fell upon takeoff".

It made an emergency landing about 10km from the state capital's airport shortly after taking off, Alejandro Cardoza, a spokesman for the state civil protection agency, said on local television.

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Aispuro Torres told Mexican reporters the plane had attempted to abort a takeoff while it was mid-flight due to bad weather, ABC News reported.

The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained. He said the plane skidded into a field in a horizontal position, which allowed escape slides to activate so all passengers and crew could escape before the plane caught fire.

The airline tweeted that it is "aware of an accident in Durango" and is working to gather details on the incident involving an Embraer 190.

Aeroméxico flight AM2431 was flying from Guadalupe Victoria International Airport in Durango to Mexico City when it crashed at around 16:00 local time (21:00 GMT) on 31 July.

A Chicago law firm is handling the lawsuit of a teacher from west suburban Northlake who was on the plane returning home from a family vacation. The pilot and another person were the most seriously injured. He was "alert and resting", the diocese said, adding, "We pray for Fr. Sanchez and everyone affected by this plane crash". However, he said, "the majority of passengers left [the plane] under their own power" and only 37 suffered slight injuries.

Cell phone videos from inside the aircraft show the plane struggling in harsh weather conditions moments before the crash and timelapse video shows the storm moving over Durango around the time the plane took off. At least 65 Americans were on board the plane.

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