Dozens of people were injured when a packed Aeromexico-operated Embraer jet crashed right after takeoff in Mexico's state of Durango on Wednesday, but authorities said most were not seriously hurt and there were no fatalities.
All 103 passengers and crew on board survived, but 97 were injured with two critical cases.
"The control tower noticed strong wind currents and this could have caused the accident", Durango Gov. José R. Aispuro said at a press conference.
"It is confirmed that there have been no deaths from the flight #AM2431 accident", tweeted Jose Rosas, the governor of Durango, where the crash happened. "At this moment on behalf of the cabinet, led by Coordinator Rosario Castro, to attend to the injured and cooperate with airport authorities with what has occurred".
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. Some survivors were able to walk away from the crash to a nearby road. Some people had burns on a quarter of their bodies, said Durango state spokesman Fernando Ros. He told AP that the weather was ominous even before takeoff and even took a video of the crash.
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The plane took off during a heavy hailstorm before being forced to attempt an emergency landing. "What we know so far is that these aren't life-threatening injuries", he said. We are deeply saddened and moved by this incident, and we would like to reiterate, first of all, that the Grupo Aeroméxico family extends its support, thoughts and prayers to those affected and their families.
The plane, a Embraer 190 airline, was flying from Durango's Guadalupe Victoria International Airport to the capital, Mexico City.
The incident is now under investigation, but the Mexican Civil Aviation Authority said it could take several months to reach a conclusion. The governor said the plane went down after the runway. An earlier report of the passenger tally did not include two infants.
Dramatic images taken at the scene show thick black smoke billowing from a badly damaged plane surrounded by firefighters.