An Aeromexico flight bound for Mexico City that crashed shortly after taking off due to bad weather earlier today (or 4:00 pm on Tuesday in local time) has reported no fatalities, which is damn near miraculous.
Some rather scary images were making the round on social media showing a lot of black smoke coming from the burning plane in a field, Durango state governor (aka, the city in which the plane crashed) Jose Rosas Aispuro confirmed the bloody marvellous news.
@Aeromexico @SCT_mx @SECTUR_mx @AICM_mx https://t.co/lo7F43uYxQ
— José Ramírez Salcedo (@JoseRamSal) July 31, 2018
Of the 101 passengers and crew aboard Flight 2431, all have survived, with some passengers even being able to physically walk away from the crash. Although 85 have been reported injured with at least two of those being critically so. They are still being assessed for the extent of the injuries.
Aeromexico, the flag carrier airline of Mexico, has a strong safety track record with no fatalities in over 30 years.
“We deeply regret this accident and the families of all those affected are in our thoughts,” They said in a statement. “We’re focused on dealing with the situation and are doing everything necessary to assist the families of our passengers and crew during this difficult time.”
According to The Australian, director of the city’s civil defence agency Israel Solano Mejia told Mexican TV that the plane “made it off the ground, but fell nose-first. The nose took the hit. The most seriously injured is the pilot…[but] the majority of passengers left under their own power”.