A PASSENGER jet crashed into a field and caught on fire after taking off during a severe storm in Mexico yesterday- but miraculously no one died.
85 people were injured, including two who are in critical but stable condition, after being pulled from the burning wreckage of the Aeromexico plane which went down in the city of Durango.
Terrifying footage showed smoke rising from the flaming Flight AM2431 moments after it left Guadalupe Victoria International, also known as Durango International, at 3.09pm local time.
Firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control while survivors were rushed to hospital.
The pilot was able to abort take-off due to severe weather but ended up crashing into scrubland at the end of the runway before skidding to a stop virtually intact.
Gov. Jose Aispuro confirmed there were 103 passengers on board the Embraer 190 aircraft, including four crew members when it crashed.
The pilot and one other person were in serious but stable condition and that a total of 49 people had been taken to hospitals – most with minor injuries.
“It was really, really ugly,” said Lorenzo Nunez, a passenger from Chicago who fled the plane with his two sons and wife.
“It burned in a question of seconds,” he told reporters, snapping his fingers for emphasis.