Airline reports plane accident in Durango, Mexico; 101 on board

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KEVIN ALCANTAR via Getty Images "I feel blessed and grateful to God", one passenger told Reuters after the crash.

Alberto Herrero, from Chicago, told NBC's "Today" that he escaped from the rear emergency exit of the plane and helped others climb out behind him as the cabin filled with black smoke.

In this photo released by Red Cross Durango communications office, Red Cross workers attend airline passengers who survived a plane crash, at a medical center in Durango, Mexico, Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

Flores said paramedics took about 20 minutes to arrive and explained that she lost all her personal belongings including her passport in the crash.

"It was raining, there was a storm, I think they tried to cancel the take-off but were no longer able to", he said.

Durango state Gov. Jose Aispuro said at a news conference late Tuesday that the plane skidded into a field in a horizontal position.

Mr Conesa said the passengers included 88 adults, nine children and two babies and the crew consisted of two flight attendants and two pilots.

The airport operator said in Spanish on Twitter that preliminary evidence suggested the Embraer 190 malfunctioned amid bad weather. We are deeply saddened by this incident and we would like to assure everyone that Group Aeromexico offering its support, thoughts and prayers to those affected and their families.

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A total of 97 people were admitted for treatment following the crash, majority for "very light" injuries, according to Durango civil defense spokesman Alejandro Cardoza. He said many people walked away from the scene.

The head of Mexico's civil aviation agency told local TV the plane's voice and data recorders would be recovered, once the rescue effort was over. A Mexican official says 37 people suffered only slight injuries and no deaths were recorded.

There were 97 passengers and four crew members on board, with 85 people reportedly injured.

The names and nationalities of those on board are now unknown.

Among the passengers was Chicago-born priest Esequiel Sanchez of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, according to a statement by the Archdiocese of Chicago. Two investigators from the US National Transportation Safety Board were flying to Mexico on Wednesday to assist in the investigation, said NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson.

Aeromexico has operated the 10-year-old aircraft since 2014, according to the airline.

Aeromexico said it was working with authorities to provide medical attention to the 101 people aboard the flight.

Aeromexico's Flight 2431 was en route from Durango to Mexico City when it went suddenly started falling, moments after taking off.

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