At least 85 people were injured in the crash of a plane belonging to the Aeroméxico company that took off from Durango airport in the north of the country toward the capital yesterday. There were no deaths in the accident. The Embraer E190, which made the AM2431 flight, departed at 15h09 (18h09 in Brasília) from Guadalupe Victoria International Airport with 101 people – 97 passengers and four crew members.
The Durango Civil Defense stated that the victims were taken to three hospitals. The health department of the state informs that there are at least two people in serious condition. Mexican news channel “Milenio” reported that some of the survivors managed to get up after the fall and asked for help.
The aircraft crashed into an open area 10 km from the runway. The airport operator said that when it took off, it was raining heavily and the pilots had to make an emergency landing. The information has not been confirmed by the Civil Defense, which has made the rescue, or by the Federal Communications and Transport Secretariat, which will be responsible for the investigation. The airport was closed, and some flights were diverted.
The director of the company Aeromexico, Andres Conesa, said so far “there are no reports” of fatalities in the accident. However, 12 people were seriously injured. Aeromexico flight 4231, which was making the route between Durango and Mexico City, crashed when it took off, leaving most of its 103 occupants – 99 passengers and four crew members injured.
“Thankfully, even with this unfortunate event, we have no information until this moment of death,” said Conesa, who pointed out that there were no deaths during the accident was a result of “timely action by crew and passengers.”
In the 2008 Embraer airplane, 88 adults and 11 children were traveling, including two infants under one year old, four crew members, two pilots and two flight attendants. According to Aeromexico, relatives of all have already been contacted.