Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Aeromexico Connect, Embraer ERJ-190, XA-GAL: Accident occurred July 31, 2018 at Guadalupe Victoria International Airport (MMDO), Durango, Mexico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Mexico

Flight Number 2431:  Crashed due to unknown circumstances. 

Date: 31-JUL-18
Time: 18:55:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: EMBRAER
Aircraft Model: E190
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: AEROMEXICO
Flight Number: 2431

Wall Street Journal
By Anthony Harrup
Updated July 31, 2018 8:33 p.m. ET

An Aeromexico airliner crashed during takeoff Tuesday in the northern Mexican state of Durango, causing a number of injuries but no deaths, the airline and authorities said.

Aeromexico said Flight 2431, an Embraer 190 plane with 97 passengers and four crew members aboard, was heading from Durango City to Mexico City.

“At the moment we don’t have reports of any deaths,” the airline said in a statement. “We are working with the corresponding authorities to give medical attention to passengers and crew.”

“We’re working to collect additional information and will provide more details when they are available and confirmed,” Aeromexico added.

The Communications and Transport Ministry said there were two infants aboard the plane in addition to the 97 passengers and four crew. It confirmed there were no fatalities.

It wasn’t immediately clear what happened to cause the crash, which was followed by a fire breaking out on the plane. The aircraft came to rest within the airport grounds about 400 meters from the end of the runway.

Luis Gerardo Fonseca, the director general of Civil Aviation, told the Televisa network that crew members directed the evacuation from the plane once it came down, and that a number of passengers left the aircraft on foot. There were no reports of any serious injuries, he added.

The total number of injured wasn’t clear. The Durango state health ministry said 18 people were taken to a hospital, and the Durango Red Cross later said its paramedics had transported 27 people to different hospitals.

The Communications and Transport Ministry said the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board will participate in the investigation into the crash with technical assistance, as well as Embraer representatives.

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