The Mexican airline said that Flight 2431, an Embraer ERJ-190AR aircraft, had been scheduled to fly from the General Guadalupe Victoria International Airport in the city of Durango to Mexico City. The 550-mile flight takes about two hours.
First images from the site show the damaged but mostly intact Embraer 190 in a field surrounded by emergency workers and a plume of smoke rising into the air. Caught by a 'freak' gust of wind, in storm conditions, it landed on its belly in a field not far from the Guadalupe Victoria International Airport. Reports of a hail storm have been discounted by officials, but a direct lightning strike may have knocked out some circuits and possibly ignited a fire.
Many passengers walked away to a nearby road to await assistance, however the aircraft later ignited and was destroyed by fire, but sometime after the passengers and crew had left the area.
José Aispuro, Governor for the Mexican state of Durango, said the Embraer 90 was hit by a gust of wind during a storm as it left the runway, which may have led to the crash. A formal air crash investigation has now been started.
The Governor said it hit the ground shortly after takeoff. The pilot is in a critical condition with spinal injuries and one other was seriously injured but were reported stable at a local hospital, he said.
Aispuro also revealed that a total of 49 people were treated, the most being minor injuries. Other later reports suggest this figure should be nearer 80 plus.
Earlier, officials said 101 people were on board, 97 passengers and four crew members. That number was later revised to 103.
According to the airline, the Aeromexico flight was heading for Mexico City.
On twitter: "Aeromexico has learned of an accident in Durango and we are working to verify the information and obtain details.We are working to gather additional information and will provide more details as they become available and confirmed. Our priority is to guarantee the safety of the clients and crew on board and we are working for it." Aromexico Twitter account
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