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LONDON – It has been announced by Aeromexico that they have fired three pilots involved in the crash in Durango that took place at the end of July this year.

It is said that they were fired because the trainee pilot was improperly seated in the co-pilot’s seat when the aircraft took off.

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Furthermore, the investigation said that the captain took over controls from the trainee before the aircraft hit a field belly-down.

In a letter from the carrier, they said that the actions of the pilots were “in direct violation of our company’s policies, manuals and procedures”.

That being said, investigators did not cite pilot error as the cause of the crash, but a microburst which brought down the aircraft.

All 103 people onboard flight 2431 survived the crash with some injuries. 

According to officials from Grupo Aeroportuario Centro Norte, the operator of the General Guadalupe Victoria International Airport in Durango, and witnesses, the aircraft was trying to take off during a storm, and that the crash may have been caused by poor weather conditions.

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“The control tower noticed strong wind currents, and this could have caused the accident,” Durango Gov. Jose Aispuro established during a press conference yesterday night.

Aispuro commented that the left wing of the twin-engine jet initially touched the ground, causing the plane to lose both engines.

Then he said that the plane skidded off the runway at General Guadalupe Victoria International Airport, stopping about 300 meters (1,000 feet) away.

“Our heart is with those affected and their families. We are deeply saddened by this incident, and we would like to assure everyone that Group Aeromexico (is) offering its support, thoughts, and prayers to those affected and their families.

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We are doing everything in our reach to assist them and their families,” shared Andres Conesa, Chief Executive Officer of Aeromexico.

Conesa has assumed responsibility for the costs of the several damages and determined that the 10-year-old Embraer E190 that suffered the accident has been with Aeromexico for four years.