Durango, Mexico — An Aeromexico plane that went down in the state of Durango Tuesday carrying 103 passengers reports all on board survived.
The plane went down moments after taking off from the Guadalupe Victoria Airport in the city of Durango Tuesday afternoon. Government officials say the plane crashed approximately 300 meters away from the runway after taking off 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
A strong wind gust is being blamed for the Aeromexico plane crash.
In a video, the governor of Durango, José Rosas Aispuro Torres, reported that a gust of wind caused the accident of the Aeromexico plane near the Guadalupe Victoria Airport.
Flight AM-2431 began to takeoff at 3:30 p.m., however, after takeoff, the aircraft was affected by a gust of wind that caused it to suddenly descend, causing its left wing to make contact with the ground. Aispuro Torres says it was this contact that caused two of the plane’s engines to be torn off.
“The control tower detected strong wind currents and this could have caused the accident,” said the Durango governor in a news conference Tuesday night.
“The plane was projected off the runway approximately 300 meters, but left horizontal, which allowed the timely evacuation of the passengers before the fire started,” the governor explained.
He said on board were 97 adults, 2 minors and 4 crew members and that no deaths were recorded during the accident. The wounded were transferred to nearby area hospitals, adding that the pilot suffered serious injuries.
“The pilot of flight AM-2431 entered the operating room due to a cervical lesion and is reported stable,” he explained.
He said that additional information will be confirmed after the Judging Commission of Accidents and Incidents of the Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics investigates.
At a press conference, Andres Conesa Labastida, executive director of Aeromexico, said that he is collaborating with the General Directorate of Civil Aeronautics to verify the cause of the accident.
Aeromexico said its staff is focused on caring for the injured and their families and confirmed that there is no report of people killed by the crash of flight 2431. They also stated that the company will be responsible for expenses.