Plane crashes minutes after take-off with 'at least 80 on board'

Aeromexico plane carrying 101 people crashes in northern Mexico

Dozens of passengers were injured when a Aeromexico airliner crashed in after taking off in the northern state of Durango, Mexico, on Tuesday. "At this moment on behalf of the cabinet, led by Coordinator Rosario Castro, to attend to the injured and cooperate with airport authorities with what has occurred".

Aeroméxico flight AM2431 was flying from Guadalupe Victoria International Airport to Mexico City.

The plane's operator, Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte, said initial indications are that the weather was the cause of the crash, according to the BBC. José R. Aispuro Torres, the governor of Durango state said 49 people were being treated at hospitals as of Tuesday afternoon.

The civil defence office of Durango state said the plane landed in a field near the airport for the state capital.

The pilot was forced to land around 10kms from the airport, with the cause of the crash now unconfirmed, but early reports state it may have been due to bad weather.

The plane took off during a heavy hailstorm before being forced to attempt an emergency landing.

"We deeply regret this accident and the families of all those affected are in our thoughts, " They said in a statement.

The President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto said he gave instructions to the military to help in the rescue operations in Durango and hoped everyone on board was alright. He said the plane skidded into a field in a horizontal position, which allowed escape slides to activate so all passengers and crew could escape before the plane burst into flames.

"Many managed to leave the plane on foot", Cardoza said. One mother who freed her daughter from her seat and dragged her out of the plane told reporters she was holding on to her so tight, her daughter was afraid she'd break her arm. Israel Solano Mejia says that "the majority of passengers left (the plane) under their own power".

Firemen working as smoke billows from the wreckage of a plane that crashed with 97 passengers and four crew on board on take off at the airport of Durango in northern Mexico on Wednesday.

Cardoza said in an interview that around 85 people had suffered mostly light injuries, adding that the fire resulting from the accident had been put out.

A State Department official said Wednesday that 65 USA citizens were aboard the plane.

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