Plane crashes in Durango with 101 on board

A passenger plane has crashed in the capital of Mexico’s Durango state, just moments after take-off.

State Governor José Rosas Aispuro said there were no deaths among the 101 on board, although around 85 were injured – two critically, including the pilot.

The governor said the plane was hit by a gust of wind, which caused a sudden descent. Its left wing then touched the ground and two engines came off.

Most passengers were able to walk away before it caught fire.

The names and nationalities of those on board are currently unknown.

Aeroméxico flight AM2431 was flying from Guadalupe Victoria International Airport to Mexico City.

Authorities said that of the 97 passengers and four crew, 37 were hospitalised after the crash and two were in a critical condition.

The airline’s chief executive, Andres Conesa, said the captain had sustained injuries.

The airport operator, Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte, said early data suggests bad weather was the cause, and that the plane had taken off during a heavy hailstorm before being forced to attempt an emergency landing.

BBC

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