Plane Crashes Soon After Take Off In Mexico, All 101 On Board Safe

| August 1 , 2018 , 10:37 IST

A mid-size packed Aeromexico-operated Embraer jet with a total of 101 people on board, including 97 passengers and 4 crew members crashed soon after takeoff in the Durango state of Mexico on Tuesday, but with great luck, no fatalities were reported. While 85 people suffered mostly light injuries, 37 had to be hospitalised and 2 are said to be in a critical condition.

Governor Jose Rosas Aispuro said to local media that witnesses told him there was "a bang" and then without warning the plane was on the ground.

Alejandro Cardoza, a spokesman for the state's civil protection agency said that the aircraft made an emergency landing around 10 km from the airport.

"We deeply regret this accident. The families of all those affected are in our thoughts and in our hearts," Aeromexico said in a statement.

According to the airport operator, the crash took place due to bad weather, but the head of Mexico's civil aviation agency, Luis Gerardo Fonseca said that it could take months to find out the exact cause of the crash.

Aeromexico had leased the 10-year-old Embraer 190 aircraft that was involved in the crash from Republic Airlines in the US in 2014. Brazilian plane company Embraer said that they have also sent a team of technicians to the scene of the accident to help in the investigations.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in a statement on Twitter confirmed that there were no fatalities and that he had instructed the defense, civil protection and transportation ministries to aid in the response to the crash.