Plane Crash In Northern Mexico Injures 85 Of The 103 People Onboard, But No Deaths Reported
Passengers who escaped a burning passenger plane which crashed in heavy rain in Mexico say the flames took hold “in a matter of seconds”.
Durango state Governor Jose Aispuro said a gust of wind hit flight AM2431 heading from the city of Durango to Mexico City just as it was lifting off the tarmac, forcing the pilot to abort takeoff.
The Embraer 190’s left wing banged to the ground, tearing the engines loose, and the plane began to burn as the escape slides activated.
All 103 people on board survived, although about 85 people were injured, at least two critically.
Passenger Jackeline Flores said she and her daughter escaped from a hole in the fuselage as the aircraft filled up with smoke and flames.
“A little girl who left the plane was crying because her legs were burned,” Ms Flores said.
“I feel blessed and grateful to God.”
Lorenzo Nunez, a passenger from Chicago who fled the plane with his two sons and wife said the crash “was really, really ugly”.
“It burned in a question of seconds,” he told reporters.
Local politician Romulo Campuzano told Mexico’s Foro TV that both wings were on fire as he bolted from the aircraft.
“We felt the flames coming quickly … there was a lot of smoke,” Jaquelin Flores told the newspaper El Sol.
Mr Aispuro said it was too soon to speculate on the cause of the crash.
He said mechanical failure and human error could be factors, along with the weather conditions.
A video posted to Facebook claimed to show one of the pilots from the plane being helped into a car after the crash.