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Miracle as 103 escape plane crash fireball

Miracle as 103 escape plane crash fireball

An Aeromexico passenger plane carrying more than 100 people has crashed near an airport in the Mexican city of Durango, injuring a number of people, officials and witnesses say.

The mid-sized jet was nearly full, with 103 people including two infants and four crew members on board, when it crashed at about 4pm local time, authorities said.

"The most important thing in the seriousness that is an accident of this nature is that there were no deaths - that's what is most encouraging for us", Gov. Jose Aispuro of Durango state said to The Associated Press.

The airport has been closed while officials attend to the wreckage.

A man aboard was filming when an Aeroméxico plane crashed seconds after takeoff in northern Mexico Tuesday.

The civil defense office of Durango state said the plane landed in a field near the airport for the state capital, also named Durango.

Torres added that the plane attempted to abort take-off due to bad weather but it was too late.

The plane took off during a heavy hailstorm before being forced to attempt an emergency landing.

But air accident website The Aviation Herald said ground observers reported the aircraft suffered an engine failure.

The airline tweeted that it is "aware of an accident in Durango" and is working to gather details on the incident involving an Embraer 190.

Ramin Parsa, 32, was aboard the flight from Durango, Mexico to Mexico City when it crashed shortly after takeoff from General Guadalupe Victoria International Airport, authorities said. The plane 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. Some people had burns on a quarter of their bodies, said Durango state Health Ministry spokesman Fernando Ros. The families of all those affected are in our prayers and in our hearts.

The first lawsuits have been filed in the dramatic Aeromexico plane crash in Mexico.

A U.S. Embassy spokesman said he did not now have confirmation of whether any American citizens were involved in the accident.

Ramin Parsa, a Chicago resident and passenger aboard flight AM2431, was recording out the window in the passenger cabin then the plane slammed into the ground Tuesday.


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