A mid-sized jet with 97 passengers and four crew members of Aeromexico crashed right after takeoff in Mexico's state of Durango on Tuesday.
Flight number 2431 was an Embraer 190 bound for Mexico City. The civil defence office of Durango state said the accident occurred in a field near the airport for the state capital. There were no fatalities but around 85 people had suffered mostly light injuries. Many managed to leave the plane on foot. The pilot and a passenger are in "critical but stable condition.” A fire resulted from the accident. The airport operator attributed the crash to bad weather. The plane had taken off when it felt like it was hit by a strong air current.
The head of Mexico's civil aviation agency, Luis Gerardo Fonseca, said it could take months to know the cause of the accident. "We deeply regret this accident. The families of all those affected are in our thoughts and in our hearts," Aeromexico said in a statement. The Embraer 190 has been involved in only one fatal crash, which occurred when a Henan Airlines flight overshot a Chinese runway in a 2010 accident, according to a summary by the Aviation Safety Network. The company had sent a team of technicians to the scene of the accident to support the investigation. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto wrote on Twitter that he had instructed the defense, civil protection and transportation ministries to aid in the response to the crash.