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Watch: What it was like inside the aircraft that crashed in Mexico soon after takeoff

Ramin Parsa, one of the passengers from Los Angeles, described the terrifying sequence of events and also shot a video of the plane taking off and then crashing. All 97 passengers onboard escaped unhurt.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: August 3, 2018 6:39:23 am
Ramin Parsa describes his experience of the crash of Aeromexico flight 2431 during an interview at an office where US citizens who lost their passports in the crash and subsequent fire were receiving help from a consular official in Durango, capital of Durango state, Mexico. (Source: AP)

Dozens of people were injured when a packed Aeromexico-operated Embraer jet crashed right after takeoff in Mexico’s state of Durango on Tuesday. The mid-sized jet was almost full, with 97 passengers and four crew members, when it came down at around 4 pm local time (2100 GMT).  Miraculously, all 103 on board survived the crash.

Ramin Parsa, a passenger from Los Angeles, described the terrifying sequence of events. He told AP that the weather was ominous even before takeoff and even took a video of the crash.

“The airplane actually was shaking before we even moved so I knew it was dangerous weather,” he said. “I thought that we were going to have a delay until the weather clears up, but the pilot began to move, so I thought that he knows what he is doing.”

“I think it was a mistake by the pilot. He should not have taken off,” Parsa said.

The airport operator attributed the crash to bad weather, citing preliminary reports. The plane had barely taken off when it felt like it was hit by a strong air current, another passenger told network Televisa.

Rescue workers and firefighters are seen at the site where an Aeromexico airliner has suffered an “accident” in a field near the airport of Durango, Mexico, Tuesday. (Civil Defense Office of Durango Photo via AP)

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