Mexico official says airliner crashed after takeoff in north

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Smoke billows above an Aeromexico-operated Embraer passenger jet that crashed in Mexico’s northern state of Durango, July 31, 2018, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. (Contacto Hoy/REUTERS)

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.

The airline said in its Twitter account that it was “trying to verify the information and obtain details.” Aeromexico said the incident involved an Embraer 190 plane with a capacity of 100 passengers on a flight from Durango to Mexico City.

The governor of Mexico’s Durango state said there are no deaths from Tuesday’s crash. Durango Gov. Jose Aispuro writes in his Twitter account that “it is confirmed there were no fatalities in the accident.”

Story by The Associated Press

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