85 injured in Aeromexico plane crash; no deaths reported

85 injured in Aeromexico plane crash; no deaths reported

Investigators have located the black boxes of the jet that was flying from Guadalupe Victoria International Airport in Durango to Mexico City when it crashed in stormy weather about 4 p.m. Mexico time.

"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.

"Approximately 85 people are injured", Durango's civil defense spokesman Alejandro Cardoza told Milenio. "What we know so far is that these aren't life-threatening injuries", he said.

A number of people were injured in the crash, but Durango Governor José Rosas Aispuro said no one was killed.

Ambulances are seen at the airport of Durango, in northern Mexico, after a plane carrying 97 passengers and four crew crashed on take off near the city's airport on July 31, 2018.

Conesa said the passengers included 88 adults, nine children and two babies and the crew consisted of two flight attendants and two pilots.

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The mid-sized jet was nearly full, with 97 passengers and four crew members, when it came down at around 4pm local time, Mr Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, Mexico's minister for communications and transportation, wrote on Twitter. Earlier, he said a total of 49 people had been taken to hospitals, and officials said most had minor injuries. Passengers and crew jumped to safety before the plane was engulfed in flames, Aljazeera has said. The civil defense office of Durango state says Tuesday's accident occurred in a field near the airport for the state capital, which is also named Durango.

"We report the crash of an @Aeromexico plane in Durango, Mexico".

Ramin Parsa, a Chicago resident and passenger aboard flight AM2431, was recording out the window in the passenger cabin then the plane slammed into the ground Tuesday.

A spokesperson for Durango, Mexico's Civil Protection said an Aeromexico regional jet that crashed just after takeoff caught fire after the crash.

Global rules dictate that Mexico will lead the crash investigation, with help from Brazil - where the Embraer jet was built - and the U.S., where its engines were made. "I honestly have no idea how anyone survived, not one person", said Rivera.

Cell phone videos from inside the aircraft show the plane struggling in harsh weather conditions moments before the crash and timelapse video shows the storm moving over Durango around the time the plane took off.