No fatalities in Aeromexico plane crash in Durango state, officials say

Rescue workers and firefighters are seen at the site where an Aeromexico airliner crashed in a field near the airport of Durango Mexico Tuesday

Rescue workers and firefighters are seen at the site where an Aeromexico airliner crashed in a field near the airport of Durango Mexico Tuesday

Sanchez, director of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines, Illinois, was visiting his parents' home country this past weekend to celebrate his 50th birthday with family and friends, several of whom were also aboard the Mexico City-bound flight on their route back to Chicago.

"I feel blessed and grateful to God", said Jackeline Flores, who escaped with her daughter as the Embraer E190 quickly filled with smoke and flames. "We started to pray while we watched how the plane was burning". "Children were crying. People were burned, their hands and their feet", Parsa told NBC News on Wednesday.

The governor says all 103 passengers and crew have been accounted for alive.

Photos posted by Durango Civil Protection show smoke rising from the apparent crash site, which was surrounded by first responders and emergency vehicles.

It came down within minutes of take-off, injuring 80 people, a spokesman for Durango State Civil Protection said.

Video purportedly of the crash recorded from a plane window showed a dark sky and fog and the ground still visible moments before a thud and shrieking passengers were heard.

Aeromexico said Flight 2431 was scheduled to fly from Durango to Mexico City.

"Let me tell you one thing, Sunday there's going to be a lot of people praying and asking for healing", said Alberto Espinoza, a parishioner at Father Sanchez's church.

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

Ninety-seven passengers and four crew members were aboard the aircraft, Esparza said in Spanish on Twitter. "Hearing that he helped some senior citizens off the plane, that embodies the gentleman we know".

The Guadalupe Victoria airport has been closed since the plane went down near the runway during an afternoon storm.

Determining the cause of the Durango crash may be made easier by the location of the crash, which should allow easy access to evidence, such as the retrieved flight recorders, as well as interviews with the crew and other survivors.

"Officially there are no figures of injured or deceased", said Gov. José R. Aispuro. Crosswinds that gusted higher than expected, caused the plane to veer off the runway and crash into a ravine. At least eight people from Chicago are still trying to make their way back to Chicago and several of them lost their passports in the crash.

Officials said the impact ripped both engines off the Embraer 190 jetliner, and fires immediately broke out in the wings.

Embraer, the Brazilian maker of the aircraft, stands ready to assist the Mexican authorities in their investigations, the company said.

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