An Embraer E190 airplane owned and operated by Aeromexico crashed shortly after taking off from the General Guadalupe Victoria International Airport in Durango, Mexico, Tuesday, July 31, according to Business Insider. The plane was bound for Mexico City.
Although there were no fatalities, 85 of the 103 people on board at the time were injured and taken to a nearby hospital. As of Thursday, 64 of the injured people had been released from the hospital. Those on board included 97 passengers and four crew members.
After a brief ascent, passengers recalled hearing a “bang” just before the plane’s left wing hit the ground. The plane’s two engines were torn from the aircraft during the crash. The crew was able to deploy escape slides but some passengers exited through a hole in the airplane’s fuselage because of flames and smoke. The plumes of thick smoke were visible from miles away, CBS News reported.
Witness accounts, including cell phone video taken from inside the aircraft at the time of the crash, indicate that inclement weather could have been a factor in causing the plane to crash less than a minute after leaving the ground. The video shows heavy wind and hail as the plane was struggling to make its ascent.
The exact cause of the crash has not been determined yet and the crash is still being investigated by Mexico’s Ministry of Transportation. There were 65 U.S. residents on the doomed aircraft and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sent two investigators to assist with the investigation. The airplane’s black boxes have been recovered and will be examined as part of the investigation.