All On Board Survive After Plane Crash
A passenger plane has crashed in the capital of Mexico's Durango state, just moments after take-off.
State Governor José Rosas Aispuro said the plane was hit by a gust of wind, which caused a sudden descent. Its left wing then touched the ground and two engines came off.
Aeromexico's Flight 2431 was en route from Durango, Mexico, to Mexico City on Tuesday when it went on a rapid descent moments after taking off, airline and state officials said.
The left wing of the twin-engine jet initially touched the ground, causing the plane to lose both of its engines. The plane then skidded off the runway at the Guadalupe Victoria International Airport until it stopped about 300 meters away, Aispuro said.
Anabel Estrada – a passenger from Joliet, Illinois – felt like the aircraft had been battling against the heavy rain and wind before it hit the ground twice during the crash.
"The second impact was a lot stronger. This is when I jumped and hit my head against the ceiling," Estrada said. "After the second impact, I saw flames in the cabin ahead of me."
All passengers and crew members evacuated the plane using its emergency evacuation slides before flames engulfed the aircraft, officials said.
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