When residents of New York board planes bound for national or international destinations, they typically rely on the plane's pilot and crew to determine whether conditions are appropriate for flying. When pilots second-guess their decisions to fly once the aircraft has already taken off, however, getting back on the ground is not always so easy, and the passengers and crew aboard a recent flight leaving Durango, Mexico, learned this the hard way.
Per the New York Times, 103 people were aboard the jetliner that crashed shortly after taking off from a Mexican airport, among them 99 passengers and four members of the flight crew. While, miraculously, no one lost their lives, at least 80 people who were aboard the aircraft sought medical treatment in the crash's aftermath, including the flight captain, who was in critical condition.
According to reports from passengers who were aboard, the plane initially took flight during a "driving rainstorm," and the aircraft began losing elevation rapidly shortly after taking off. Regrettably, this is not the first serious crash involving the same Mexican airline. In a 1986 incident, 64 people died when a plane crashed on its way to Los Angeles from Mexico, and another 36 passed away in an unrelated crash in 1981.
Per the New York Post, at least one American passenger who was aboard the plane when it crashed has filed a lawsuit against the airline, alleging negligence. The man said he now suffers from severe headaches after bumping his head as the plane went down, and he also asserts that he suffered damage to the muscles in his neck and shoulders. The lawsuit alleges that the airline was negligent in its decision to take off during what was obviously inclement weather.