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Mexico air crash injures 85, no one killed

An Aeroméxico Embraer crashed after take-off in Durango state, but all 101 passengers and crew survived.

More than a hundred people on board a plane that crashed immediately after take-off in northern Mexico have survived the ordeal, although 85 were injured, 37 of them hospitalised, two critically, including the pilot.

Adverse weather conditions struck the area suddenly at about the time the aircraft took off.

José Rosas Aispuro, governor of Durango state where the accident happened, said the plane was hit by a gust of wind, prompting a sudden descent, the BBC reports. Its left wing then touched the ground and two engines came off.

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

Most of the 101 passengers were able to walk away from the wreckage before it caught fire. The names and nationalities of the passengers and crew on board have not yet been released.

Loud bang
Early data suggests bad weather was the cause, according to airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte, adding that the plane took off during a heavy hailstorm before being forced to attempt an emergency landing.

Survivors told local media about a loud bang or explosion before the almost-full Embraer 190 fell to the ground without warning at around 16:00 local time on Tuesday. One passenger described a strong air current hitting the plane.

There were no burn victims, rescue teams said, and “many managed to leave the plane on foot”.

“The flight captain is being operated on,” Aispuro said. “What we know so far is that these aren’t life-threatening injuries.”

Aeroméxico said in a statement that it deeply regretted the accident, while Embraer has sent a team to the crash site.

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