Aeromexico jet crashes in Mexico’s Durango, no casualties reported

An Aeromexico-operated Embraer passenger jet, after takeoff crashed in Mexico’s state of Durango leaving 85 injured on Tuesday, Reuters reported. However, no casualties were reported.

Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte, the operator of Durango airport said that the crash took place due to bad weather conditions.

The mid-sized jet was almost full, with 97 passengers and four crew members aboard, when it came down at around 4 p.m. local time (2100 GMT), Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, Mexico’s minister for communications and transportation, wrote on Twitter.

“The plane was taking off,” Governor Jose Rosas Aispuro told Mexican television. Witnesses told him there was “a bang” and then without warning the plane was on the ground, he added.

The plane made an emergency landing about six miles (10 km) from the airport shortly after taking off, Alejandro Cardoza, a spokesman for the state’s civil protection agency, said on local television.

Cardoza said in an interview that around 85 people had been injured, adding that a fire resulting from the accident had been put out and there were no reports of burn victims. “Many managed to leave the plane on foot,” he said.

The Mexican airline said on Twitter that flight number 2431 was an Embraer 190 and was bound for Mexico City when it crashed. Embraer did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto wrote on Twitter that he had instructed the ministries of defense, civil protection and transportation to respond to the crash.



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