Lima airport: Two firefighters dead as plane crashes during take-off

Two firefighters have died after a plane crashed into a fire truck while taking off at Peru’s busiest airport.

The Latam Airlines plane collided with the truck just before 15:30 (20:30 GMT) on Friday at Jorge Chávez International Airport in the capital, Lima.

Video posted on social media shows the plane careering down the runway, catching fire and smoking as it ground to a halt.

No passengers or flight crew were killed, the airline said on Twitter.

It remains unclear why the fire truck entered the runway while the plane was taking off, bound for the southern Peruvian city of Juliaca.

The prosecutors’ office said it was investigating the incident as potential manslaughter, according to Reuters news agency.

Lima Airport Partners (LAP) – which operates Jorge Chávez Airport – suspended flights for several hours on Friday afternoon.

In a statement it added: “At this moment we are finding and investigating all the necessary factors that could determine the cause of this.”


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