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Two firefighters dead after LATAM jet collides with truck on runway in Lima

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  •   11-21-2022  8:58 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Two firefighters dead after LATAM jet collides with truck on runway in Lima
Video posted to social media shows a LATAM jet crashing into a firetruck on the runway at Jorge Chávez International Airport. (Twitter/@aviationbrk)
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Two firefighters are dead after a LATAM Airlines jet crashed into a firetruck on the runway as it was taking off from Jorge Chávez International Airport in Peru’s capital, Lima.

The plane collided with the vehicle just before 3:30 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 18). No passengers or flight crew were killed, Chile-based LATAM wrote on its Twitter account.

But Peru's Health Ministry says that around 20 passengers that were on board are being treated for injuries, according to reports.

The jet was reportedly heading to the southern Peruvian city of Juliaca. It remains unclear as to why there was a fire truck on the runway at the time of takeoff.

Latam CEO Manuel Van Oordt told reporters at a news conference that the flight had been cleared for take-off.

"We don't know why [the fire truck] was there," he said. "We didn't ask for their services."

Video posted to social media showed the jet colliding with the firetruck on the runway and then catching fire and smoking heavily as it came to a halt.

Lima Airport Partners (LAP), which operates Jorge Chávez Airport, suspended flights until Saturday afternoon following the incident.

International flights due to land there were also diverted to Colombia, Panama and other Peruvian cities including Iquitos, Pisco, and Arequipa.

The prosecutors' office is investigating the incident as potential manslaughter, Reuters reports.

This is the second incident in less than a month involving LATAM after one of its jets had its nose destroyed during a storm that forced it to make an emergency landing.


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