At least two dead when a plane collided with a fire truck at the Lima airport


At least two firemen have died this Friday at the Jorge Chávez International Airport, in the Peruvian capital of Limeafter collide your truck with the wing of an airplane that it was about to carry out the take-off manoeuvre.

This Friday afternoon, the Latam flight 2213 was preparing to take off towards the city of Juliaca, in the south of the country, with a hundred passengers, when the plane collided with an aeronautical fire truck, which entered the runway unexpectedly and for unknown reasons.

Due to the shocking collision, the right wing caught fire and the cab of the truck was destroyed, causing the death of two aeronautical firefighters and serious injury to a third party.

“A plane that was taking off hit its right wing with the airport fire truck, in which, due to the impact, two firefighters died,” reported the general commander of the Fire Department, Luis Ponce, in a statement collected by Europe Press.

Likewise, in statements to the Peruvian radio station RPP, the Fire Commander has clarified that All the passengers on the plane have been evacuated and none have serious injuries.Therefore, it considers that the situation is already under control.

The operating company of the Jorge Chavez airport, Lima Airport Partners, has regretted what happened. The plane covered the route between Lima and the city of Juliacaabout 840 kilometers from the capital and located in the southeast of Peru.

“At this moment we are carrying out all the necessary investigations to determine the causes of this event,” the organization said in a statement, where they conveyed their condolences to the families of the victims.

As a consequence of the incident, Jorge Chávez airport has suspended its activity until after noon on Saturday (local time), with which the authorities have appealed to travelers to find out about the conditions for rescheduling their flights. mMore than 200 flights have had to be suspended or rescheduled for the next few days.



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