An Aeromexico passenger jet crashed in a field near an airport in Durango, Mexico, July 31, 2018. (Courtesy of Protección Civil/Civil Protection Durango)
NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM/AP) - An Aeromexico airliner crashed shortly after taking off during a severe storm in Durango, a state in northwestern Mexico, according to authorities. Everyone on board appears to have survived, the state's governor said, but crews are checking the hull to make sure no one was trapped.
"Se confirma que no hubo fallecidos en el accidente del vuelo #AM2431," Gov. Jose Aispuro tweeted, which translates to, "It is confirmed that there were no deaths in the flight accident."
The plane crashed in a field and appeared mostly intact, photos appeared to show. Aispuro said that many passengers apparently managed to exit the wreckage on their own and some even walked back to the airport. He said that ambulances have taken dozens of passengers to hospitals.
The airline tweeted that it is "aware of an accident in Durango" and is working to gather details on the incident involving an Embraer 190.
"Our first priority is to ensure the safety of all our clients and crew aboard," Aeromexico posted in Spanish on its website. "We are working with the corresponding authorities for the medical attention of the passengers and crew."
Aeromexico Flight 2431 operates between Durango and Mexico City. Tuesday's flight departed Guadalupe Victoria Airport in Durango at 3:08 p.m. local time, according to FlightStats.com, and was due at Benito Juárez International Airport in Mexico City about an hour and 20 minutes later.
The plane was carrying 97 passengers and four crew members, according to Secretary of Communications and Transportation Gerardo Ruiz Esparza.
"We deeply regret this accident. The families of all those affected are in our thoughts and in our hearts," the airline posted. "We are focusing on addressing this situation and will do whatever is necessary to assist the families of our clients as well as our crew in these difficult times."