MEXICO CITY – An Embraer 190 aircraft operated by Aeromexico suffered an accident at Guadalupe Victoria Airport on Tuesday in Mexico . The flight was AM2431, which was to travel from Durango to Mexico City, carrying 97 passengers and four crew members, according to the country’s transport minister. Authorities confirmed that there were no deaths and 85 people were injured, two of them in critical conditions.

In an interview with a Mexican television channel, José Ramón Aispuro, the governor of the state of Durango, said that the accident occurred around 3:45 pm local time during takeoff. Preliminary reports indicate that bad weather may have triggered the accident.

Apparently, the pilot tried to abort the game and lost control of the plane. The fire that took the plane was totally controlled. The plane touched the ground about 10 kilometers from the airport, Alejando Cardoza, a spokeswoman for the state’s civil protection agency, told local television.

“The plane was taking off,” Governor Aispuro said, adding that witnesses had told him that there was “a bang” and then, without fanfare, the plane was on the ground.

Initially, the takeoff was scheduled for 15:09, with arrival scheduled for 16:28 in Mexico City. The flight would have been delayed by heavy rain. Television images show the back of the airplane with the Aeromexico logo in a vegetation and a pillar of smoke rising into the air. A reporter for the Milenio network said some passengers survived and walked to a nearby highway for help.

Fire Department, Red Cross, Army, Police and Civil Defense were deployed to the scene of the accident. The airport is located about 40 minutes from the city of Durango. In turn, Aeromexico said it “learned of an accident in Durango” and that it was already “working to verify the information and obtain details”.


In a statement, Embraer lamented the crash with the E190, made in 2008, and said it was sending a team of technicians to the state of Durango to assist in the investigations.

The Embraer 190 is a twin-engine jet used by Brazilian and foreign airlines. In 2011, after conducting tests and finding cracks in the model – defined as “cracks in structural components” of the aircraft – the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) changed the rules for revising the model and recommended that companies operating the airplane reduce the interval between maintenance.

In document “Airworthiness Directive, number 2011-05-04”, Anac reported that “Failure to inspect these structural components (…) may prevent the detection of fatigue cracks in time. properly addressed, may adversely affect the structural integrity of the airplane. ”

The 190 is one of the so-called Embraer E-Jets, an aircraft series that includes the 170, 175 and 195 models. All have identical systems and only differ in fuselage length and passenger capacity – they can accommodate between 80 and 124 people. The model was launched by the company in 1999 and began to be manufactured in 2002.

The first crash with an Embraer 190 occurred in China in 2010. The plane, owned by Henan Airlines, was only two years old and would have flown into the air during the landing. Then he hit the floor. More than 40 people were killed and nearly 60 injured.

Then in 2013, an Embraer 190 crashed in Africa, leaving 33 dead, including one Brazilian. It was operated by Linhas Aéreas Moçambique (LAM) on a flight from Maputo to Luanda and was found completely burned in the Namibian desert. LAM acquired the aircraft from the Brazilian company one year before the accident in 2012.

Embraer did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the incident in Mexico