Three pilots celebrated as heroes aboard the Aeromexico plane that crashed into a field off the runway at an airport in northwestern Mexico at the end of July were fired on Thursday when it was revealed that a pilot in training was behind the controls during takeoff.
Chief Executive Andre Conesa said in a letter distributed Thursday to his employees that the behavior of the three pilots in the cockpit was not carried out in accordance with established protocols, deliberately violating policies, manuals and regulations. procedures of our company & # 39;
The investigators said that a pilot in practices was sitting incorrectly in the seat of the copilot when the airplane took off, which constitutes an infraction to the protocol.
In total, 85 people out of 103 on board were injured in the terrible accident on July 31.
Captain Carlos Galvan Mayran received a lot of praise after the accident of Aeromexico flight AM2431 at the end of July. He was fired on Thursday for not following protocols & # 39;
First officer Daniel Dardon is one of the three pilots fired by Aeromexico after the accident
The first responders were quick on the scene after Aerodrome's AM2431 flight was overwhelmed by weather conditions
The members of the flight crew (left) of Aeromexico walk next to the emergency team (right) that transported a passenger on a stretcher after the plane fell into a thicket area at the end of the runway
The plane was left in ruins at the end of the runway when the emergency services staff made sure no one was trapped
They said that the officer in charge of the plane took over the apprentice's controls just before the accident.
The Mexican airline issued a statement Wednesday saying that the accident was caused by severe weather.
The initial report also indicated that there were no mechanical failures or human errors that could have caused the plane crash.
Flight AM2431 departed from Durango International Airport and was heading to Mexico City when the Embraer 190 jet crashed into a grassy field near the runway when the pilot attempted to abort the takeoff.
The passengers have described that there are strong winds, hail and rain.
The 103 passengers and crew survived by evacuating the plane before it caught fire.
The crew and passengers were praised for the poise they showed in helping some of the passengers who were injured immediately once the plane stopped and the exit doors opened.
The plane filled with smoke and caught fire.
Captain Carlos Galván Mayran, 38, was among the most seriously injured that afternoon.
He was harshly criticized for allowing flight apprentice José Ramón Vázquez to take off, before taking control of the plane moments later.
Aeromexico Chief Executive Andre Conesa said the behavior of the pilots, including pilot Daniel Dardon (pictured), was "unacceptable" after an investigation into the July 31 flight accident in Durango, Mexico.
Carlos Galván Mayran, former flight captain of Aeromexico, was seriously injured in the plane crash. The 103 passengers and the crew survived by evacuating the plane before it caught fire
First officer Daniel Dardon was also relieved of his duties.
DailyMail.com approached Aeromexico, but the airline refused to comment.
& # 39; This type of behavior is unacceptable and we will not tolerate [it] for any reason, "said Conesa. & # 39;[It] put at risk the trust that more than 20 million customers provide us. "
"Today more than ever, our number one priority is and will continue to be the culture of safety, discipline and transparency, so any irregular event should be reported immediately, regardless of the rank of the person who committed it. the violation. "