Photos have arisen on Twitter of the plane crash in the Mexican state of Durango.
Photos have arisen on Twitter of the plane crash in the Mexican state of Durango.

Mexican plane with 101 passengers crashes on takeoff

MEXICAN airline AeroMexico has confirmed a plane has crashed in the state of Durango in the country's northwest. 

In what can only be described as a miracle, Durango Governor José Rosas Aispuro Torres said on Twitter no casualties or fatalities had been officially confirmed but security and emergency were at the scene near Guadalupe Victoria International Airport, also known as Durango International Airport.

He later tweeted: "It is confirmed that there were no deaths in the accident of flight #AM2431".

"At present, part of the Cabinet ... is in charge of caring for the injured and cooperating with the airport authorities in dealing with this event," he said.

Eyewitnesses described the plane rapidly dropping from the sky less than 10 minutes after takeoff and photos and images from the scene show debris scattered across a field while the aircraft goes up in flames.

Durango's Ministry of Health has reported 18 of the injured were transferred to Hospital 450.

Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, who will soon handover the role after last month's election, also vowed on Twitter that all passengers and crew were safe. 

In a tweet at 7.28am AEST time, AeroMexico said: We are aware of an accident in Durango and we're working to gather details and verify the information. Follow our official communication channels for more updates".

FlightAware says the Aeromexico flight took off from Guadalupe Victoria International Airport in Durango on time at 3.08pm local time. It was headed to Mexico City, where it was scheduled to land at 4.38pm.

The operator of Durango airport, Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte, said on Twitter preliminary investigations blamed adverse weather conditions for the 'accident'.

"So far the authorities do not report people killed in this accident. Those who present injuries are being treated in the hospitals of Durango," the company said.

The state's civil defense agency confirmed that it was on the scene about 10 miles (16km) from the airport and posted early photos on Twitter.

Initial reports said the plane crashed shortly after takeoff. 

People have been quick to tweet photos at the scene which show flames and firefighters putting them out.

Mexico's Secretary of Transportation Gerardo Ruiz Esparza confirmed the plane had 97 passengers and 4 crew members on board.

AeroMexico has tweeted it is an Embraer 190 aircraft with capacity for 100 passengers.

One Mexican news outlet Indigo Report tweeted an "unofficial list that the passengers themselves" to help authorities.

The airline says its "priority is to guarantee the safety of the clients and crew on board and we are working for it".

AeroMexico, which is the country's national airline, is regarded as an extremely safe airline and hasn't had an accident with a fatality in more than 30 years.

In a statement, the airline said: "At the moment we do not have any reports of deceased persons".

"We are working with the corresponding authorities for the medical attention of the passengers and crew," it read.

"We deeply regret this accident. The families of all those affected are in our thoughts and in our hearts.

"We are focusing on addressing this situation and will do whatever is necessary to assist the families of our clients as well as our crew in these difficult times."

Aeromexico says customers and concerned family members can phone +52 51 33 40 59.

News Corp Australia


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