Five crew members are reportedly missing after an Airbus A300 freighter crashed near Monterrey Airport in Mexico.

Details of the accident are sketchy but images from the scene indicate that the aircraft was operating in the colours of Mexico City-based AeroUnion.

Local reports state that the accident occurred at around 23:00, and that the twin-jet came down near a main road. They add that emergency services have yet to account for five crew members.

The phase of flight has yet to be clarified.

Meteorological data for Monterrey at 23:00 shows poor weather, including rain and the presence of cumulonimbus cloud.

Flightglobal's ACAS database lists AeroUnion as operating a fleet of three owned A300B4 freighters, powered by General Electric CF6 engines.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news