Over 100 people on board plane that crashed seconds after take-off due to hail storm
The incident took place in Mexico, and there are no reported fatalities.
97 passengers and four crew members were on board a passenger jet when it crashed almost immediately after take-off from the Mexican region of Durango.
The incident occurred on Tuesday evening (local time), and local authorities have confirmed that while there have been some reports of severe injuries to some of the people on board, there are no reported fatalities at the time of reporting.
Approximately 85 people had been injured during the crash, with 37 of those hospitalised.
The pilot was forced to land around 10kms from the airport, with the cause of the crash currently unconfirmed, but early reports state it may have been due to bad weather.
Passengers on board state that the plane took off during a heavy rain and gail storm, while others report that the plane was struck by an extremely strong air current.
The head of Mexico’s civil aviation agency, Luis Gerardo Fonseca, told local news outlet Televisa it could take months to know the cause of the accident, and that the plane's voice and data recorders would be recovered once rescue efforts were completed..
Aeromexico #AM2431 Durango to Mexico City has crashed.
XA-GAL Embraer ERJ190
97 passengers and 4 crew on board. No official word on casualties.
📷Durango Civil Protection pic.twitter.com/I7f0RYS7lI
— Tom Podolec Aviation (@TomPodolec) July 31, 2018
Mexico Plane Crash:
- Aeromexico flight 2432 crashes in Durango, Mexico
- 101 people on board
- Governor says no deaths, but injuries reported
- Crash occurred shortly after takeoff
- Plane was an Embraer 190 pic.twitter.com/CfVRUHvu0L
— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) July 31, 2018