Mexico Plane Crash

Civil Defense Office of Durango Photo via AP

Plane With 101 On Board Crashes In Northern Mexico

July 31, 2018 - 6:36 pm
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DURANGO, Mexico (WCBS 880/CBS News/AP) -- An Aeromexico airliner crashed after taking off in the northern state of Durango on Tuesday.

The state's governor said there were no deaths in the accident.

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

Durango Gov. Jose Aispuro wrote in his Twitter account that "it is confirmed there were no fatalities in the accident."

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.

Aeromexico said the incident involved an Embraer 190 plane with a capacity of 100 passengers on a flight from Durango to Mexico City.

A reporter for the news outlet Milenio said some passengers had survived and walked to a highway to seek help.

(© 2018 WCBS 880. CBS News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.)