Aeromexico Embraer 190 Crashes in Mexico
An Embraer 190 belonging to Aeromexico crashed on July 31, 2018, shortly after takeoff in Durango state, in northern Mexico. 85 people were injured, no fatalities were reported.
The plane, registration XA-GAL, was operating connecting flight AM2431 between Durango International Airport (DGO) and Mexico City International Airport (MEX) with 97 passengers and 4 crew members on board, according to Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, Mexico’s Minister of Transport.
The pilot and a few passengers were more seriously injured but the majority suffered only minor injuries. Durango state governor Jose Aispuro declared 49 people were transported to several public and private hospitals in the area.
According to ground witnesses, the airplane dove while attempting to takeoff, with the left wing touching the ground and severing both engines. It came to a stop past the runway end and only caught fire after a few minutes, allowing all crew and passengers to be evacuated before.
The medium-range Embraer 190 was about 10 years old. Aeromexico is the flag carrier of Mexico. The airline operates a fleet of 72 aircraft, including seven E190s.