- At least 85 people were injured Tuesday when an Embraer E190 aircraft from the Mexican airline Aeromexico crashed in a field.
- Two people are reportedly in critical condition, but Mexican officials said there were no immediate reports of fatalities. The aircraft was transporting 97 passengers and four crew members.
- Officials and witnesses say the aircraft was trying to take off during a storm.
At least 85 people were injured Tuesday when an Embraer E190 aircraft crashed into a field in northwestern Mexico at about 4 p.m. local time.
The plane was carrying 97 passengers and four crew members for the airline Aeromexico from the city of Durango to Mexico City when it crashed, Mexican officials said. Officials accounted for all of the passengers and reported no immediate fatalities.
Two people, including the pilot, are critically injured, according to the BBC.
“The most seriously injured is the pilot,” one official told Foro TV, according to the Associated Press. “The majority of passengers left [the plane] under their own power.”
Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte, the operator of the General Guadalupe Victoria International Airport in Durango, said the crash may have been caused by poor weather conditions, Reuters reported.
Passengers said they heard a “bang” moments before the plane’s left wing hit the ground and both of the plane’s engines were torn loose.
Officials and witnesses also said the plane was trying to take off during a storm.
Gov. Jose Aispuro of Durango state said the plane hit a gust of wind as it lifted off the tarmac, forcing the pilot to abort the procedure. Aispuro added that it was still too early to determine the exact cause of the crash, the Associated Press reported.
“The most important thing in the seriousness that is an accident of this nature is that there were no deaths – that’s what is most encouraging for us,” Aispuro said.
The Embraer E190 is considered to be a short-range aircraft with an exceptional safety record, according to the aviation analyst Alex Macheras.
The plane managed to land upright and deployed its escape slides, but the flames and smoke prompted some of the passengers to escape using a hole in the aircraft’s fuselage.
“A little girl who left the plane was crying because her legs were burned,” a passenger named Jackeline Flores told Reuters. “I feel blessed and grateful to God.”
Photos from Durango’s State Coordination of Civil Protection show emergency crews attending to a fire:
Corporaciones de emergencia y seguridad se encuentran en el km17 de la autopista Durango – Torreón atendiendo accidente de la aeronave, cede el paso a los vehículos de emergencia ???? pic.twitter.com/XR75WuMlai
— PROTECCIÓN CIVIL DGO (@CEPCDurango) July 31, 2018
Other photos and video footage from the scene show what appears to be the aircraft with the tail number XA-GAL:
— Emmanuel Rosalez (@journalero) July 31, 2018
Así hasta ahora las imagenes mas cercanas del avión que se desplomo en Durango de Aeromexico pic.twitter.com/xPTJuyhj01
— Gabriela Tlaseca (@gtlaseca) July 31, 2018