"An Aeromexico DC-9 carrying 88 people skidded out of control while landing in heavy rain yesterday at Reynosa General Lucio Blanco Airport in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas near the Texas border. The plane smashed into at least two cars and three homes just beyond the runway.
At least six people in its path were killed. A 39-year-old woman and her three children, ages 1,3 and 5, were killed in their home, said Rigoberto Cruz Garcia, coordinator of operations for the Red Cross.
Two others walking nearby were also killed. The people in the cars suffered minor injuries.
Most passengers and crew escaped with only scrapes and bruises, climbing out of the crumpled plane, which came to rest in a ditch. At least 60 of the passengers and four crew were treated for minor injuries at hospitals in Reynosa, just across the border from McAllen, Texas, Red Cross officials said.
Four passengers - Edgar Guzman, Lisbeth Gonzalez, Nuria Balcanaera and Ruben Garcia Castaneda - were hospitalized after the incident. AeroMexico flight attendant Elizabeth Martinez was also hospitalized. All five remained under observation.
All aboard were Mexican citizens.
Flight 250 with 83 passengers and five crew members on board landed at about 5.00 p.m. with routine clearance from air traffic control in heavy rain with a three-mile visibility, the airline said in a statement.
It wasn't immediately clear what caused the accident. An AeroMexico spokeswoman said the pilot put on the brakes but the plane didn't stop.
Airport manager Silverio Ruiz told the government news agency Notimex that the braking system had failed. Later, he told Notimex that the airport's short runway could have contributed to the crash, saying it is the shortest in the country. It was also soaked from heavy rains from tropical depression Keith.
The flight from Mexico City to Reynosa had been scheduled to continue on to the border city of Matamoros. Some passengers continued on on another flight.
As soon as the incident was reported, AeroMexico sent a team of emergency response experts to the site aboard a dedicated flight from Mexico City to assist passengers and the families of the five individuals who died.
The airline said it intends to meet all the immediate needs of the passengers, victims and their family members.
AeroMexico provided ground transportation to those passengers whose final destination was Matamoros and who chose to continue immediately to their destination, which is approximately 30 miles from Reynosa.
AeroMexico expressed its profound sympathy and concern for those involved in the incident and its commitment to do everything necessary to ease the impact on all concerned.
The airline said it was working closely with Mexican civil aviation authorities from the Direccion General de Aviacion Civil (DGAC) to determine the cause of the incident.
For information and assistance for passengers and family members of those aboard Flight 250, contact:
800-865-0576 in the U.S., 01-800-021-5020 in Mexico, or:
Also yesterday, a Mexican air force plane searching for marijuana crops crashed into a mountain in central Mexico, killing the pilot and co-pilot and injuring a captain who was on board observing the operation, the military said in a news release."
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