Airline reports plane accident in Durango, Mexico; 101 on board

Aeromexico plane crashes near Durango, Mexico, soon after take-off

And remarkably, everyone on board survived.

Alejandro Cardoza, a spokesman for the state's civil protection agency, said in an interview that around 85 people had suffered mostly light injuries and that the fire had been put out. Some survivors had burns on a quarter of their bodies, according to a local health official.

One passenger, identified as Jackeline Flores, told reporters she and her daughter escaped from a hole in the fuselage as the aircraft filled up with smoke and flames.

Aeromexico, the Mexican airline operating the flight, and Embraer, the plane's manufacturer, said in separate statements Tuesday that they were aware of the "accident" in Durango.

The left wing of the twin-engine jet initially touched the ground, causing the plane to lose both engines. The plane caught fire soon after the crash. "It's literally a miracle, big miracle", Israel said. "This is a design-based accident that should be survivable".

More than 80 passengers were injured, some seriously, but no deaths have been reported. Ashley Garcia shot video as she and other passengers fled to safety.

He added: "The grassy area you see around an airport is not just wasteland, it is deliberately kept free of obstacles such as ditches or power lines". Luckily, everyone walked away.

All modern planes are certified to be evacuated within 90 seconds. He said Mexican officials would lead the investigation.

"The plane accelerated to take off and it got off the ground but we went into a very strong storm and it fell". "We're focused on dealing with the situation and are doing everything necessary to assist the families of our passengers and crew during this hard time".

Ninety-nine passengers, including nine children and two infants, and four crew members were on board, the airline said.




Dorelia Rivera, of Elmwood Park, Illinois, was with a group of people who suffered burns and broken bones.

Ramin Parsa told the BBC that "shortly after the plane took off, I knew something was wrong". "I looked at the side and there was a guy with two kids - that's when I started getting the kids".

Mechanical failure and human error could be factors, but certainly the weather was not favourable.

Another passenger who was traveling in first class said after the plane hit the ground it slid for a long distance before coming to a halt. She tried to pick up, then went back down. "And then the third time we bounced we hit like a barrier". "As we were starting our ascent ... it just brought us back down", he recalled. "I think that would have made a big difference", the father said.

"He tell us that he is more or less ok".

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

An internet site on the aviation industry says the Embraer 190 airliner that crashed Tuesday in northern Mexico was about a decade old.

Under worldwide rules, Mexico will lead the investigation with support from Brazil, where the Embraer jet was designed and built, and from the United States, where General Electric Co made the CF34-10E engines.

Aeromexico said there were 88 adult passengers, nine minors, two infants, two pilots and two flight attendants on board the almost full E190, and confirmed that it had no information of human losses.

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