Terrifying On Board Footage Shows Durango Plane Crash And Burst Into Flames
The footage, captured inside Flight 2431 by 17-year-old Ashley Garcia, shows the wing of the aircraft as it travels through heavy rain.
The camera jolts and a bright, piercing flash can be seen which looks like an explosion. People can be heard screaming and the video stops until the high school student is outside.
CNN reported that passengers were forced to escape via the emergency slides before the aircraft went up in flames leaving dozens of people injured, according to Durango state officials.
It is believed that a strong wind brought down the flight leaving the plane crumpled in a field with smoke billowing out as passengers run from the scene.
Ashley, who lives in Durango, Mexico, said: "I was on my way to Mexico City when my plane taking off from Durango crashed.
"The experience was pretty indescribable, it felt surreal but all I could think about was getting out safely."
Ashley said that after the plane had crashed, she and her fellow passengers were quickly evacuated from the aircraft by the flight attendants.
She said that once safely out of the aircraft, the passengers tried to get as far away from the area as possible.
Ashley added: "I tried to remain calm and just followed where everyone was heading which was towards the exit at the back of the airplane.
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"Afterwards we all tried getting as far away from the airplane and staying together until we got further information on what to do.
"Well there was a lot of people asking for our names and ages and just asking us what hurt or where we had gotten injured.
"They treated the people who were the worst first and afterwards treated everyone the way they needed to."
Durango Gov. Jose Aispuro said on Tuesday night: "The control tower noticed strong wind currents, and this could have caused the accident."
CNN reported that the left wing of the twin-engine jet initially touched the ground, causing the plane to lose both engines.
The plane then skidded off the runway at General Guadalupe Victoria International Airport, stopping about 300 metres (1,000 feet) away.
Andres Conesa, the chief executive of Aeromexico, said: "Our heart is with those affected and their families.
"We are deeply saddened by this incident, and we would like to assure everyone that Group Aeromexico (is) offering its support, thoughts and prayers to those affected and their families.
"We are doing everything in our reach to assist them and their families."
There were 99 passengers, including nine children and two infants, and four crew members on board. Of those, 49 people were hospitalised, including the pilot and a passenger who are in a critical but stable condition.
It is believed that Aeromexico has operated the 10-year-old aircraft since 2014.
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