Video: Plane hits truck on runway during takeoff in Peru, 2 firefighters killed (Photo: Screengrab of video tweeted by Sharkpatrol32)
A passenger plane hit a fire engine on the runway on Friday and then caught fire during takeoff from Peru’s Lima International Airport. The incident killed two firefighters in the truck, but the plane’s passengers and crew were all safe. There were 102 passengers and six crew members on board the Airbus A320neo.
Videos posted on social media showed the plane hitting the truck and smoke billowing from the plane onto the runway.
LATAM plane crash update. It appears that the Lima Airport tower was unable to control the traffic on the runway. Fire truck and plane on runway. pic.twitter.com/FQOVo3mE6T— Dore (@Sharkpatrol32) November 18, 2022
Lima Airport Partners, the company that operates Jorge Chvez Airport, said in a tweet that operations at the facility had been suspended. “Our teams provide the necessary care to all passengers, who are in good condition,” the company said.
Luis Ponce La Jara, general commander of the fire department, said two firefighters were killed and one injured when the truck they were in was hit by the plane. Both the plane and the fire truck were moving when they collided.
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President Pedro Castillo sent his condolences to the families of the firefighters in a tweet. Flight LA2213 took off from Lima’s main airport en route to the Peruvian city of Juliaca.
LATAM Airlines said it regretted the deaths of the firefighters and would provide flexibility to affected passengers at no additional cost. But it said it didn’t know why the fire truck was on the runway.
According to the fire service, the incident was registered at 3:25 p.m. and four rescue units were deployed. Aviation authorities said operations at Jorge Chvez International Airport were suspended until 1 p.m. local time on Saturday.
(with input from PTI)