2 firefighters killed when plane collides with fire truck on Peruvian airport runway: authorities

Officials say passengers and crew safe after crash at Jorge Chavez International Airport

Sinan Dogan |

BOGOTA, Colombia: Two people were killed when an airliner collided with a fire truck on the runway of the Peruvian capital’s Jorge Chavez International Airport on Friday, authorities said.

The plane, operated by LATAM Airlines, was taking off when it crashed into the truck on the side of the runway in Lima.

Two aeronautical firefighters traveling in the truck died while trying to cross the runway, according to Luis Ponce La Jara, general commander of the fire department.

Footage on social media showed the plane’s right wing on fire after the crash.

Lima Airport Partners, the company that operates the airport, said the plane’s right wing struck the fire truck and an investigation into the cause of the crash had begun.

“All operations are suspended approximately until Saturday noon,” Lima Airport Partners wrote on Twitter.

“Our teams are providing the necessary care to all passengers, who are in good condition,” he added.

Authorities said the passengers and crew were all safe.

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