Aeroplane crashes after take-off in Mexico

"It really was the great escape for those on board the plane in Mexico that crashed just after it had taken off".

The aircraft made an emergency landing about 10 kilometres (six miles) from the airport, said Alejandro Cardoza, a spokesman for the state's civil protection agency.

With the plane on the ground amid some bushes and brush, Flores said luggage began sliding down the aisle and she started to smell smoke.

After the accident, several passengers walked away from the plane before first responders arrived.

"It's an absolute miracle", he added.

Two Chicago area residents were among 103 people who survived a fiery plane crash in Mexico on Tuesday.

Durango state Gov. José R. Aispuro Torres said 49 people were hospitalized as of Tuesday afternoon.

The plane's pilot, Captain Carlos Meyran, suffered the most serious injury: a lesion that required surgery.

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.

Durango state Governor Jose Aispuro said a gust of wind hit flight AM2431 heading from the city of Durango to Mexico City just as it was lifting off the tarmac, forcing the pilot to abort take-off.

A Mexican official says 37 people suffered only slight injuries when an Aeromexico airliner crashed after takeoff in northern Mexico today.

"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.

The nation's transport minister said 97 passengers and four crew were on the flight.

A US Embassy spokesman said he did not now have confirmation of whether any American citizens were involved in the accident. Durango airport closed after the incident but reopened a few hours later. He said some passengers got out under their power, and some even wandered back to the nearby airport of Durango city to seek out relatives.

Survivors said the Embraer 190 plane burst into flames right after it hit the ground.

Air safety investigator Adrian Young, from the Netherlands-based consultancy To70, said Wednesday that crash survival rates "are higher than they have ever been" in part because "airplanes are stronger than ever". He told The Associated Press it was too early to speculate about the cause.

A Mexican pilots association said previous year there were 66 accidents and 173 incidents in Mexican aviation.

Brazilian plane maker Embraer said it is ready to assist authorities investigating the crash of one of its planes.

"From everyone that works with him on a daily basis, they describe him as a big teddy bear", the company said in a statement.

  • Rogelio Becker