Video: The Aeromexico Flight's Rocky Takeoff Before Crashing
One of the 103 survivors of Tuesday's Aeromexico crash said “I feel that it’s kind of a miracle that we all made it. It’s just a blessing that I’m here to tell the story the next day.”
Nothing illustrates those sentiments like this video of the Embraer E-190's rocky takeoff.
Taken from inside the plane by a passenger who wishes to remain anonymous, the video shows the stormy weather conditions outside the window as the plane is taxiing before takeoff. When the aircraft finally begins to lift off the runway, there is extreme turbulence — the camera shakes and passengers can be heard screaming.
Aeromexico Flight 2431 attempted to take off from Durango, Mexico (DGO) for Mexico City (MEX) during bad weather and strong winds. The Embraer E-190 regional jet attempted to abort the takeoff, the Durango state governor José Rosas Aispuro Torres said, but was too late in doing so and went down just after the runway ended, at around 4:00pm local time.
When the plane crashed to the ground, it skidded to a stop and almost immediately burst into flames. The plane’s emergency slides inflated, but they were not able to be used, yet the all the 99 passengers and 4 crew escaped. Authorities said 85 people were injured, and 49 people hospitalized — most with minor injuries.
In the crash, both of the aircraft engines tore off and the left wing struck the ground.
The video is below. It may be disturbing for some to watch.