MEXICO CITY – At least 12 people were injured and are in critical condition after an Aeromexico jet crashed with 101 people on board at the airport in the northern Mexican city of Durango, although confusion persists as to whether there were any fatalities and regarding the number of people hurt.
The spokesman for the Durango state Health Secretariat, Fernando Ros, told the media that 80 people were injured, 18 of whom were hospitalized in nearby health centers and 12 of whom are in critical condition.
Although Durango Gov. Jose Aispuro on Twitter ruled out any fatalities, Mexican Communications and Transportation Secretary Gerardo Ruiz Esparza told reporters that at present authorities have only confirmed that 52 people survived the crash.
Emergency and security teams helped the injured at the crash site, a vacant and arid area near Guadalupe Victoria Airport.
Local media reported that some passengers were able to get out of the plane on their own.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said on Twitter that he had ordered the departments of defense, government and communications and transportation to cooperate in handling the situation.
Earlier in the afternoon, Aispuro had said on Twitter that “It is confirmed that there were no deaths in the accident of Flight AM2431.”
The aircraft, an Embraer 190, went down around 3:20 pm, shortly after taking off on a flight to Mexico City, the Durango state government said.
The plane was carrying 97 passengers and a crew of four, Esparza said on Twitter.