An Aeromexico jetliner carrying 103 people crashed Tuesday while en route to Mexico City. The four crew members and all 99 passengers aboard — 88 adults, nine children and two infants — survived, Mexican officials said.
Aeromexico Flight 2431 went down not long after departing from the General Guadalupe Victoria International Airport in Mexico’s northwest state of Durango, according to Durango State Gov. José Rosas Aispuro Torres.
Eighty-five people were wounded in the crash, including two critically, Alejandro Cardoza, a spokesman for Durango state’s civil protection agency, said on local television.
Everyone who was on board the plane has been sent to local hospitals, Cardoza added.
“The scene that we can see here is approximately 1 kilometer from the end of the runway. We can say that the airplane was not even able to take off at the moment it was forced to land. We do not know if it was a mechanical failure,” Cardoza said.
An earlier report of the passenger tally did not include the two infants.
“It is confirmed that there were no deaths following the accident of flight Aeromexico 2431,” Aispuro Torres wrote on Twitter. “At this moment on behalf of the cabinet, led by Coordinator Rosario Castro, to attend to the injured and cooperate with airport authorities with what has occurred.”
The Embraer 190 aircraft was lifting off when it tried to abort the takeoff due to bad weather but it was too late, Aispuro Torres told reporters on Tuesday. The passenger jet went down after the runway ended, he said.
The governor told The Associated Press that a gust of wind hit the plane shortly after takeoff, causing it to lose speed and hit the ground with its left wing. The jet skidded into a field horizontally, which allowed for the escape slides to be activated, freeing the passengers and crew before they caught on fire, the governor told the AP.
Weather reports showed scattered storms in the area at the time of the accident.
“[We] shouldn’t have been flying, bro,” passenger Juan Rivera told ABC News in an interview Wednesday. “We started picking up speed and then it started getting windier. She tried to pick up, then went back down. That happened like three times, bro. And then the third time we bounced we hit like a barrier.”