An Aeromexico plane has crashed in northern Mexico just after takeoff. The plane, an Embraer jet, was carrying over 100 people (97 passengers, including two infants, and four crew) when it came down in scrubland in the state of Durango at around 4pm on Tuesday.
There were no reports of any fatalities, but dozens of people were injured in the accident, authorities said.
According to Reuters, officials said that passengers and crew were able to jump to safety before the plane burst into flames.
Passenger Jackeline Flores, who escaped with her daughter through a hole in the fuselage as the plane filled with smoke, told reporters it had been raining heavily when the plane took off.
“A little girl who left the plane was crying because her legs were burned,” said Flores, a Mexican who lives in Colombia.
While her passport and paperwork were lost, she said she felt “blessed and grateful to God”.
Citing air traffic control, Durango Governor José Rosas Aispuro said a strong gust of wind had hit the plane just before it plunged suddenly.
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According to Aispuro, the plane’s left wing hit the ground, knocking off two engines, before it stopped just 300 metres from the runway.
The airport operator blamed bad weather for the incident, citing preliminary reports.
In a statement, Aeromexico said, “We deeply regret this accident. The families of all those affected are in our thoughts and in our hearts.”
It has been ten years since Aeromexico was involved in a fatal accident.
Elsewhere, in Peru, several tourists were injured when two trains collided near the popular Machu Picchu Inca citadel, The Guardian reported.
Local police said the accident happened on the main route to the ruins from the village of Ollantaytambo, near Cusco.