MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s civil aviation authorities on Wednesday ruled out equipment failure and human error in the July 31 crash of a commercial airliner in the northern city of Durango, in which all 103 people aboard survived.
“There is no evidence of mechanical failure in the aircraft nor of human error,” Armando Constantino, director of investigations of Civil Aeronautics, said in a press conference.
According to Constantino, “evidence obtained by the commission investigating the accident points to factors linked to the weather as the main line of inquiry.”
Investigators announced that a trainee pilot had carried out the preparations for takeoff with the help of the pilot in command but without the authorization of aviation authorities, and was in control of the aircraft until the captain took over.
Experts ruled out that this was the cause of the accident, yet Civil Aeronautics said “administrative procedures were launched to determine any responsibilities” and to discipline the flight crew.
Civil Aeronautics added that the investigative commission would present their final report on the accident before the end of the current administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto on Dec. 1.
The Aeromexico plane crashed while attempting to take off from Durango’s Guadalupe Victoria Airport during a storm.