The U.S. Department of State announced Wednesday that at least 65 American citizens were aboard the Aeromexico plane that crashed in Mexico Tuesday with no fatalities.
Flight number 2431 was carrying 97 passengers and four crew members at the time of the crash. None of those aboard the plane were killed, though 85 people suffered injuries, 64 of whom were hospitalized with two in critical condition as of Tuesday night. Mexican officials said the plane’s black boxes have been retrieved, but that it is too early to determine the cause of the crash. (RELATED: 85 Injured In Mexican Plane Crash, No Fatalities)
The plane crashed into scrub land in the Mexican state of Durango shortly after takeoff in the afternoon in the midst of heavy rains. Chicago resident and passenger Lorenzo Nunez described the impact of the crash to reporters.
“The impact was very strong. We wanted to think it was a lightning strike,” Nunez said, according to Reuters. “It was terrible, absolutely terrible.”
Mexico’s civil aviation agency is currently leading an investigation into the crash, with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, General Electric Co and Embraer SA all assisting.
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