Point Me To The Plane’s Sam Roecker contributed to this report.
Aeromexico Flight 2431 – operated by an Embraer E-190 – crashed Tuesday just after taking off in Durango, Mexico (DGO) bound for Mexico City (MEX). All 97 passengers and four crew survived.
New video emerged showing the aircraft on its belly with engines detached:
According to The Aviation Herald,
An Aeromexico Connect Embraer ERJ-190…rejected takeoff from Durango’s runway 03 at about 15:15L (20:15Z), but veered left off the runway and overran the end of the runway and burst into flames in viewing distance of the airport’s apron.
An Aeromexico Connect Embraer E-190 crashed Tuesday just after taking off in Durango, Mexico, the airline confirmed. It was a rare crash for a jetliner and airline with impeccable safety records.
No deaths have been reported among 97 passengers and four crew members, the BBC reported at 6:30 Eastern Daylight Time.
Aeromexico’s regional subsidiary, Aeromexico Connect, operates four daily flights between Durango and Mexico City.
The airline issued a statement about the crash Tuesday at 6:33 p.m. Eastern:
Our first priority is to ensure the security of our passengers and crew on board this aircraft. At present time we have no reports of any fatalities. We’re working with the corresponding authorities to provide medical attention to all aboard this flight.
We deeply regret this accident and the families of all those affected are in our thoughts. We’re focused on dealing with situation and are doing everything necessary to assist the families of our passengers and crew during this difficult time.
The Mexican flag carrier has an excellent safety record. Its last fatal crash was in 1986. The airline set up the following hotline for family and friends to obtain information about the crash: +1-866-205-4084
There have only been two fatal crashes involving the Embraer E-190 aircraft: one in China in 2010 and another in Namibia in 2013. There have only been five accidents involving E-190s that were considered a hull loss, meaning the aircraft couldn’t be returned to service afterward.
Aeromexico currently has 48 of the type in service. The fleet average E190 airframe age is 8.8 years old.
The airplane that crashed Tuesday, registration XA-GAL, was actually owned by U.S.-based Republic Airways. It’s been in service over 10 years and was transferred from US Airways to Aeromexico Connect in 2014.
The jets are part of a family of medium range, medium capacity airliners built by Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer. The jet family has been in commercial service since 2002 and are considered among the safest jet aircraft ever produced. The E190 variant first flew in 2004.
This post will be updated with new information as this story develops. This post was last updated at 10:45 p.m. EDT.
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