Peru Airport Accident: Just before 15:30 (20:30 GMT) on Friday at Jorge Chávez International Airport in the nation’s capital, Lima, a Latam Airlines plane crashed with a vehicle. Social media videos show the plane veering down the runway, catching fire, and smoking before coming to a stop. The airline said on Twitter that no passengers nor flight crew were killed. An executive director of the hospital organization EsSalud claims that a 31-year-old firefighter is in a critical state.
Twenty passengers are being treated for injuries, according to Peru’s Ministry of Health, of which two are thought to be serious. It is still unknown why the fire vehicle drove onto the runway as the plane was preparing to take off for Juliaca, a city in southern Peru. The flight has been given the go-ahead to take off, according to Latam CEO Manuel Van Oordt at a press conference.
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He stated, “We don’t know why [the fire engine] was there. “We didn’t request their assistance.”
According to Reuters, the prosecutor’s office declared that it was looking into the incident for possible manslaughter. Flights at Jorge Chavez Airport have been halted through Saturday afternoon, according to Lima Airport Partners (LAP), which manages the airport.
🇵🇪 | URGENTE: Se incendia un avión de Latam al momento del aterrizaje en el aeropuerto internacional Jorge Chávez de Lima.
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There have been international aircraft diversions to Colombia, Panama, and a number of Peruvian destinations, including Iquitos, Pisco, and Arequipa. “At this time, we are researching and investigating all the required aspects that could explain the source of this,” LAP further stated in a statement. On social media, President Pedro Castillo praised the firefighters.
He remarked on Twitter, “I send my sincere condolences to the family members of heroic firefighters Nicolás Santa Gadea. “They are in my prayers and thoughts. I make a prayer for the wounded to get better.”