Plane carrying over 100 people crashes in Mexico

Aug 02, 2018, 07:16
Plane carrying over 100 people crashes in Mexico

Rescue workers and firefighters are seen at the site where an Aeromexico airliner has suffered an "accident" in a field near the airport of Durango, Mexico, Tuesday, July 31, 2018. "The pilot suffered the most serious injury, a cervical lesion that required surgery".

"The airplane actually was shaking before we even moved so I knew it was unsafe weather, " he said. Passengers reported hail was also falling at the time and lightning.

Durango Gov. Jose Aispuro writes in his Twitter account that "it is confirmed there were no fatalities in the accident".

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

Aispuro Torres said there were no deaths.

It felt like something pushed the plane back down as it lifted off the runway, he said from his hospital bed in Durango.

The governor of Durango said that the plane made it off the ground, but was hit by a gust of wind as it left the runway causing the plane to land abruptly on its left wing. "[We] shouldn't have been flying, bro", passenger Juan Rivera told ABC News. Herrera went to the back exit and tried to help as many people down as he could.

"The pilot had to execute a manoeuvre correctly and then we hit the storm at its peak while we were going up, and not while we were up in the air, " he said.

"In response to the mishap at the Guadalupe Victoria Airport in Durango, I have asked the security and Emergency Corps to attend the unfortunate accident". "We skidded and hit a second time and you saw the flames.You're like 'This might be bad'". "I know some kids got like burns, like actual burns". "I looked at the side and there was a guy with two kids - that's when I started getting the kids".

Aispuro also blamed weather conditions, according to the daily Milenio.

On average, about 56 percent of passengers survive airline accidents in which at least one person is killed.

Video purportedly of the crash recorded from a plane window showed a dark sky and fog and the ground still visible moments before a thud and shrieking passengers were heard.

"We are deeply saddened by this incident, and we would like to assure everyone that Group Aeromexico (is) offering its support, thoughts and prayers to those affected and their families", said Andres Conesa, the airline's chief executive.

Authorities had said earlier said that 97 passengers and four crew members were on the aircraft.

An internet site on the aviation industry says the Embraer 190 airliner that crashed Tuesday in northern Mexico was about a decade old.

Lorenzo Nunez, a passenger from Chicago who fled the plane with his two sons and wife, said: "It was really, really ugly..."

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

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