Lima, Peru — A LATAM Airlines plane taking off from Lima International Airport slammed into a fire truck on the runway and burst into flames on Friday. Authorities said the plane’s passengers and crew were all safe, but two firefighters in the truck were killed.
Lima Airport Partners, the company that operates Jorge Chávez Airport, said in a tweet that operations at the facility had been suspended. There were 102 passengers and six crew members on board the Airbus A320neo.
“Our teams are providing the necessary care to all passengers, who are in good condition,” the company said.
Luis Ponce La Jara, general commander of the fire brigade, said two firefighters were killed and one injured when the truck they were in was struck by the plane. The plane and the fire truck were in motion when they collided.
President Pedro Castillo expressed his condolences to the firefighters’ families in a tweet.
Flight LA2213 was taking off from Lima’s main airport en route to the Peruvian town of Juliaca.
Videos on social media showed smoke coming from a large plane on the runway.
According to firefighters, the incident was registered at 3:25 p.m. and four rescue units were mobilized.
The prosecutor’s office in Callao, where the airport is located, said an investigation into the cause of the crash had been opened.
Aviation authorities said operations at Jorge Chávez International Airport were suspended until 1 p.m. local time on Saturday. Flights would be direct to other airports in the meantime.