Video purportedly shows moment Aeromexico plane crashes shortly after takeoff
A video recorded by a passenger in the Aeromexico jet that crashed seconds after it took off Tuesday from Durango in northern Mexico, on a flight to Mexico City, captured the panic in the cabin.
Alexa Garcia posted the video on her Twitter account, and it shows the aircraft taking off and then quickly crashing in a field beyond the runway, drawing screams from the people aboard.
The recording stops at that point and picks up apparently minutes after the crash.
“Oh my God, I am very scared. What just happened?” Garcia says between sobs as the airplane burns and black smoke fills the sky.
Dozens of passengers, including several children, walk quickly away through a field.
The video ends with another view of the airplane, the flames now under control. Several ambulances are seen at the scene.
Garcia added a text to her video: “Today I faced my biggest fear. Nothing can describe how I felt at that moment. I have no one to thank except God for giving me the opportunity to come out of this safe and sound. I will always count my blessings.”
The 103 people aboard the aircraft got out alive before the flames consumed the aircraft. About 50 were taken to hospitals with injuries. Some suffered serious burns, said Fernando Ros, spokesman for the Durango Health Department.
The cause of the crash is not known, although passengers said the plane hit a sudden, violent storm before the crash.