Passenger records terrifying Aeromexico plane crash

Posted at 4:34 PM, Aug 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 19:34:09-04

(KGTV and CNN) - Newly released video from a passenger shows the moments before and after strong winds led to the crash of an Aeromexico plane in northern Mexico.

Flight 2431 had just left Durango, Mexico for Mexico City on Tuesday when it took a nose dive.

Video shows the plane fall before flames erupt outside the window. The plane skidded off the runway at the Guadalupe Victoria International Airport until it stopped about 300 meters away, according to Durango’s governor.

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99 passengers and four crew members were on board including Ashley Garcia, who recorded the video. Everyone evacuated the plane using its emergency evacuation slides before flames engulfed the aircraft, officials said. Although 49 people were hospitalized, no one died.

Anabel Estrada -- a passenger from Joliet, Illinois -- felt like the aircraft had been battling against the heavy rain and wind before it hit the ground twice during the crash.

"The second impact was a lot stronger. This is when I jumped and hit my head against the ceiling," Estrada said. "After the second impact, I saw flames in the cabin ahead of me."

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The plane was ten years old and had been in operation since 2014.

Embraer, which made the aircraft, said technicians would be heading to the site to assist Mexican investigators in searching for the cause of the crash.