LIMA, Nov 18 (Reuters) – LATAM Airlines (LTM.SN) A plane taking off from an airport in Peru’s capital Lima collided with a fire engine on the runway on Friday, killing two firefighters.
Peru’s health ministry said at 7 p.m. (0000 GMT) that 20 passengers were being treated at a clinic and at least two were in critical condition. The airline said that passengers and crew members were not killed.
The ministry said 61 people were taken from Jorge Chavez International Airport to nearby clinics and hospitals. It is not clear if this is due to an injury or a precaution.
President Pedro Castillo expressed his condolences to the families of the two firefighters and prayed for the recovery of the injured.
It was unclear why the fire truck entered the runway as the plane took off. The prosecutor’s office said that the incident is being investigated as a potential homicide.
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The Peruvian branch of Chile-based LATAM Airlines said it had mobilized all its resources to help those affected and was working with authorities to support the investigation.
In a video circulating on social networks, the plane collided with a fire engine while coming down the runway, then burst into flames and smoked heavily as it came to a stop.
“Everyone in the flight deck was worried until they saw the plane stop and then the fire engines and ambulances came,” said Mauro Ferreira, a Brazilian waiting to board his flight home to Panama, who filmed the incident.
“It was a sad feeling because we didn’t know how many people were in the plane and the flames were so high.”
Lima Airport Partners, which operates Jorge Chavez, Peru’s most important airport, said the airport would remain closed until at least 1 p.m. (1800 GMT) on Saturday.
LATAM Airlines said the flight was LA2213, a domestic route from Lima to Juliaca.
Reported by Marco Aquino in Lima; Additional reporting by Fabian Cambero in Santiago, Marcelo Rochabrun in Lima, Carolina Pulice in Mexico City and Nur-Azna Sanusi in Singapore; Edited by Anthony Esposito, Rosalba O’Brien, Matthew Lewis, and William Mallard
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