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Accident description
Last updated: 17 August 2018
Status:Preliminary
Date:Tuesday 31 July 2018
Time:ca 15:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic E190 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Embraer ERJ-190AR
Operator:Aeroméxico Connect
Registration: XA-GAL
C/n / msn: 19000173
First flight: 2008
Engines: 2 General Electric CF34-10E6
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 99
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 103
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Durango-Guadalupe Victoria Airport (DGO) (   Mexico)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Durango-Guadalupe Victoria Airport (DGO/MMDO), Mexico
Destination airport:Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico
Flightnumber:AM2431
Narrative:
Aeroméxico Flight AM2431 operated by an Aeroméxico Connect Embraer ERJ-190 impacted airport terrain shortly after commencing takeoff from runway 03 at Guadalupe Victoria International Airport (MMDO), Durango, and a post-impact fire ensued. All 103 occupants survived but 49 suffered injuries that required hospitalization.
The aircraft arrived at Durango from Mexico City as flight AM2430 at 14:11 hours local time, 23 minutes ahead of schedule. As the ERJ-190 was prepared for the return flight there was a broken layer of cumulonimbus clouds at 2500 feet.
Airport weather information shows that a thunderstorm had developed by 15:18 hours local time and the temperature had dropped from 28°C to 20°C over the previous hour.
It was reported that the aircraft commenced the takeoff roll on runway 03 about 15:30 hours local time (planned departure time was 15:09 hours). According to a statement from the governor of Durango, the aircraft became airborne but lost altitude after being "affected by a gust of wind". The aircraft "descend abruptly" and hit the ground to the left of the runway, left wing first. Both engines broke away during the subsequent ground slide. The aircraft came to rest about 380 meters past the runway threshold and 320 meters past the paved end of the runway, slightly to the left of the extended centreline. The length of runway 03 is 2900 m (9514 ft).

Sources:
» Aéromexico statement
» 24-horas.mx

METAR Weather report:
18:44 UTC / 13:44 local time:
MMDO 311844Z 12003KT 12SM BKN025TCU BKN200 26/11 A3026 RMK 8/201 ISOL CB

19:41 UTC / 14:41 local time:
MMDO 311941Z 01005KT 10SM BKN025CB 28/10 A3023 RMK 8/300

20:18 UTC / 15:18 local time:
MMDO 312018Z 07003KT 7SM TSRA BKN020CB 20/13 A3023 RMK 8/900 TSRAB13

21:03 UTC / 16:03 local time:
MMDO 312103Z RTD 28007KT 7SM OVC015CB 17/14 A3024 RMK SLP118 57014 956 8/9 // PISTA CERRADA POR ACFT ACCIDENTADA


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photo of Embraer ERJ-190AR 	XA-GAL
photo of Embraer ERJ-190AR 	XA-GAL
photo of Embraer ERJ-190AR 	XA-GAL
Flight AM675 to MEX, three days before the accident
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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
2008 PT-SDI Embraer first flight
21 May 2008 N960UW US Airways
Nov. 2009 N960UW Republic Airlines op. for Midwest Airlines
Dec. 2009 N167HQ Republic Airlines new registration
27 June 2014 XA-GAL Aeroméxico Connect

Map
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Durango-Guadalupe Victoria Airport to Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport as the crow flies is 763 km (477 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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