LIMA (AP) — A Latam airline plane collides on the ground with a fire truck and partially catches fire at the Lima airport for reasons that are still being investigated. There are two dead firefighters and one injured, but no affected among the crew or passengers.
The general commander of the Fire Department Luis Ponce La Jara confirmed the deaths and the injured in the fire department and specified that 108 people were traveling on the plane, including 102 passengers and 6 crew members.
Ponce La Lara explained that the wing of the plane impacted with a fire engine cabin, a fire vehicle.
The Callao Prosecutor’s Office, for the area in which the airport is located, has confirmed the opening of a preliminary investigation to clarify the facts regarding the possible crimes of culpable homicide and culpable injuries.
The airline for its part reported minutes before that there were no affected passengers or crew of the plane. Both vehicles were moving on the runway at the international airport when the collision occurred on Friday.
Flight LA2213, operated with an Airbus 320Neo with registration CC-BH, was destined for the city of Juliaca, in the Puno region, in southern Peru, according to information provided by the company that operates the Jorge Chávez international airport in Lima. .
“Our teams are providing the necessary care to all passengers, who are doing well,” Lima Airport Partners confirmed in a statement.
The airport administrator shared her condolences with the families of the two deceased firefighters who, according to her information, are Ángel Torres and Nicolás Santa Gadea, from the Garibaldi 6 and 7 Fire Companies, respectively.
Operations at the international airport have been suspended due to the accident, Lima Airport Partners added on its Twitter account, and will continue to do so until 1pm (local time) on Saturday.
According to the Fire Department, the emergency occurred at 3:25 in the afternoon and four rescue units were mobilized. The plane suffered some mechanical problem and began to catch fire.
“It is an emergency on the runway, there are four displaced units. We do not technically know right now what has happened in this apparent technical failure of the plane, we await subsequent reports,” said Mario Casaretto, chief of the Fire Department, on Channel N.