The Embraer 190 aircraft, flight #2431, was on its way to Mexico City from Durango when the plane tried to take off during a storm, with some reporting hail stones the size of marbles, Aeromexico company confirmed on Wednesday.
Mexico plane has crashed in the northern Mexican state of Durango after taking off in stormy weather. Authorities said 85 people were injured in the air accident but all 103 passengers were able to escape before the aircraft was engulfed in flames. Brazilian planemaker Embraer has already formed a working group of technicians for the assistance in the accident’s investigation.
Many of the 49 passengers taken to hospital after the crash received treatment for minor injuries and all are expected to live, according to the Durango state governor. According to Milenio reporter, several passengers had been able to walk to a nearby motorway for help immediately after the plane crashed.
Lorenzo Nunez, a passenger from Chicago who fled the plane with his family, said that it was really, really ugly,
“It burned in a question of seconds,”
he added when was asked by reporters.
Alejandro Cardoza, a spokesman for the state’s civil protection agency, appeared on local TV with an official announcement that a fire had broken out but had been extinguished. All 103 passengers of flight 2431 have been able to leave the plane before the blaze got too bad, he added and “many managed to leave the plane on foot”.
Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte, which served as an operator of Durango airport, blamed bad weather conditions but an investigation is underway with a team of technicians on the way to the crash site from planemaker Embraer.