An Aeromexico airliner crashed after taking off in the northern state of Durango on Tuesday, a federal official confirmed, but authorities had no immediate word on any casualties.
The civil defense office of Durango state said the plane landed in a field near the airport for the state capital, also named Durango. The agency published photos of a smoking but seemingly relatively intact plane lying on its belly in a field. Lines of ambulances were waiting at the accident site.
Gerardo Ruiz Eparza, head of Mexico’s Transport Department, said that “the plane fell upon takeoff.” He said there were 97 passengers and four crew members aboard.
An airline official told Mexican television the plane had 97 passengers and four crew members on board. The flight covers the route between Mexico City and Durango.
The civil defense office of Durango state says Tuesday’s accident occurred in a field near the airport for the state capital, which is also named Durango. A reporter for the news outlet Milenio said some passengers had survived and walked to a highway to seek help.