After colliding with a moving fire truck, a plane that was taking off from Peru’s airport caught fire.
LATAM Airlines’ jet carrying 102 passengers and six crew members collided with a moving fire truck at Lima’s international airport on Friday afternoon.
Officials claimed that the crew and passengers of the plane were safe. However, two firefighters from the truck were fatally injured.
Social media footage showed enormous black plumes of smoke at the back of the plane, which was partly on fire.
The cause of the fire truck’s entry onto the runway during takeoff is not known. However, the prosecutors stated that they were investigating the incident as possible manslaughter.
Both the fire truck and the plane were moving when they collided.
Lima Airport Partners, which operates Jorge Chavez airport said that operations had been suspended and that they would remain closed until Saturday at least one hour local time.
The Peruvian radio station Nacional posted a video on Twitter showing the plane setting fire to the runway before it comes to a halt.
Luis Ponce La Jara was the general commander of the fire service and confirmed that two firefighters died and one was hurt in the accident.
Peru’s President Pedro Castillo said that his thoughts and prayers were with the families of those who lost their lives in the firefighter incident.
LA2213 was the flight that took off from Lima’s main runway, en route to Juliaca, Peru.
This is the second incident in less that a month involving LATAM Airlines. One of its planes was damaged by a severe storm, forcing it to make an emergency landing.