Aeroméxico confirms 'accident' amid reports of crash in Durango

Saul Bowman
August 5, 2018

Flight number 2431 was an Embraer 190 bound for Mexico City when it crashed, Aeromexico said on Twitter.

"The higher up we went into the storm the heavier the hail got and more wind got to us", he recounted from his hotel room.

He said the jetliner had been sent for maintenance in February and the crew was well-rested, having started their work day in Durango. "We do not know if it was a mechanical failure", Durango Civil Protection spokesperson Alejandro Cardoza said on Mexican television.

Governor Jose Rosas Aispuro wrote on Twitter that there were no official figures on deaths or injuries yet, but TeleSUR's correspondent in Mexico Eduardo Martinez said local media is reporting at least 80 wounded.

Ramin Parsa, 32, was aboard the flight from Durango, Mexico to Mexico City when it crashed shortly after takeoff from General Guadalupe Victoria International Airport, authorities said. Miraculously, all 103 on board survived the crash.

Most of the injured passengers were released from hospital in Durango later on Tuesday. Two people, including the pilot, are in serious but stable condition.

Fire engines are seen near the wreckage of a plane (out of frame) that crashed with 97 passengers and four crew on board on take off at the airport of Durango, in northern Mexico, on July 31, 2018.

The federal Transport Department office said in a press statement that the airplane "suffered an accident moments after takeoff", but gave no information on the possible cause.

The Embraer 190 has been involved in only one fatal crash, which occurred when a Henan Airlines flight overshot a Chinese runway in a 2010 accident, according to a summary by the Aviation Safety Network.

All passengers and crew members evacuated the plane using its emergency evacuation slides before flames engulfed the aircraft.

Embraer, the Brazilian maker of the aircraft, stands ready to assist the Mexican authorities in their investigations, the company said.

Determining the cause of the Durango crash may be made easier by the location of the crash, which should allow easy access to evidence, including the two flight recorders, one for cockpit voice recordings and the other for flight data.

The state civil defense office published photos of the plane lying on its belly and in flames.

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