The toll could have been much heavier. A Latam Airlines airliner collided with a fire engine this Friday at Jorge Chavez airport in Lima (Peru), as it was about to take off. The accident took place around 3:25 p.m. local time, according to the daily El País.
“We regret to confirm that LATAM Airlines Peru flight LA2213, operating the Lima-Juliaca route, was involved in a ground accident in Lima prior to takeoff,” the company said on Twitter, adding that it was not There were “no fatalities” among passengers and crew.
The right wing of this Airbus A320neo collided with an airport fire department vehicle causing a fire, according to El País. Video, presumably captured by airport CCTV cameras, shows the vehicle crossing the runway as the plane takes off.
The damaged aircraft continued on its way for a hundred meters before slowing down and finally stopping.
A little later on Friday, Lima Airport Partners, the company in charge of managing the airport, announced in a press release the death of two airport firefighters who were on board the truck.
“Lima Airport Partners deeply regrets to inform you of the loss of two members of the airport’s aeronautical fire brigade in the accident that occurred this afternoon,” the company wrote, adding that it realizes “all the investigations necessary to determine the causes of this accident”.
Another video posted on social media shows passengers exiting the aircraft through the emergency exits after firefighters extinguished the fire.
Authorities at Chavez airport, the largest in Peru, have suspended landings and take-offs until 1 a.m. tomorrow (local) following the accident.