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Mexico plane crash: Aeromexico jet crashes near Durango

July 31, 2018 11:01 PM
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Mexico plane crash: Aeromexico jet crashes near Durango

A PASSENGER plane operated by Aeromexico has crashed shortly after taking off from Durango in Mexico.

At least 80 people were on board the plane when it went down near Guadalupe Victoria International airport, local media reports.

A Durango State Civil Protection spokesman said 80 people were injured in the accident.

Two people injured are in a critical condition, A Durango State Health Ministry Spokesman said.

But the Governor of Durango said on his Twitter account that there were no deaths in the plane accident.

A reporter for network Milenio said some passengers walked to a highway to seek help.

The Mexican airline said on Twitter that flight number 2431 was an Embraer 190 with capacity for 100 passengers and was bound for Mexico City when it crashed.

Shortly after taking off, the plane made an emergency landing about six miles (10 km) from the airport, Alejandro Cardoza, a spokesman for the state's civil protection agency, said on local television.

Governor Jose Rosas Aispuro said on local television that the plane was bound for Mexico City.

Rosas Aispuro said: "The plane was taking off and witnesses said there was a bang and without warning the plane was on the ground.”

Pictures from the scene show thick black smoke rising from the jet which went down in scrubland not far from the airport.

Emergency services are on the scene as fire crews battle to extinguish the flames.

Embraer did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the Mexican incident.

Mexican politician Jose Aispuro confirmed the accident on Twitter but said he had no information about the fate of those on board.

Guadalupe Victoria International airport has been closed while emergency services respond to the crash.


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