Airliner crashes in Mexico just after takeoff; 37 injured

Airliner crashes in Mexico just after takeoff; 37 injured

The civil protection agency said 37 people were hospitalized, while the state health department said two passengers were in a critical condition.

The Mexico City-bound Embraer 190 jet was nearly full, with 97 passengers and four crew members aboard, when it came down at around 4pm local time (21:00 GMT) on Tuesday, Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, Mexico's minister for communications and transportation, wrote on Twitter.

Aispuro wrote on Twitter that nobody died in the crash.

He said the accident occurred at 3.45pm (local time) and could have been provoked by a storm.

There were 101 people - 97 passengers and four crew members - on the flight destined for Mexico City.

Flight 2431 covered the route Durango - Mexico City and was operated by an Embraer 190 airplane, which has capacity for 100 passenters.

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TV images showed the tail of a plane sticking out from scrubland and smoke rising into the sky. Some of the passengers were able to get off the plane and walk to a nearby highway for help, officials said.

A spokesperson for Durango, Mexico's Civil Protection said an Aeromexico regional jet that crashed just after takeoff caught fire after the crash.

Governor Jose Rosas Aispuro wrote on Twitter that there were no official figures on deaths or injuries yet, but TeleSUR's correspondent in Mexico Eduardo Martinez said local media is reporting at least 80 wounded.

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

The accident happened close to Guadalupe Victoria International Airport, said the airport, which is closed.

Embraer did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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