LATAM Airlines plane crashes on Peruvian runway, two firefighters dead. A LATAM Airlines jet collided with a firetruck on the runway as it was taking off from the airport in Peru’s capital Lima on Friday, resulting in the death of two firefighters, the carrier said.
Peru’s health ministry said at 7 p.m. (0000 GMT) that 20 passengers were being treated in a clinic, and at least two were in serious condition. The airline said no passengers or crew members were killed.
An ATC report states in writing that the rescue vehicle entered runway 16 from the west at the height of taxiway B without authorization and collided with flight LA-2213. Emergency procedures were invoked and rescue vehicles cleared onto the runway to deal with the accident. The runway was NOTAMed closed.
Medical Services reported 102 passengers and 6 crew were evacuated from the aircraft, 24 passengers were taken to hospitals with injuries.
LATAM Chile Airbus A320Neo (CC-BHB, built 2017) was substantially damaged when it veered off the side off runway 16 during take-off at Lima-Intl AP (SPJC), Peru. It is understood that the two firemen aboard the first truck #3, did not survive the collision. All aboard the Airbus were safely evacuated and the flames on the right side were extinguished within minutes. Lima Intl Airport remains closed until Saturday 1300L.
The video suggests that multiple airport fire service vehicles crossed the active runway 16 immediately before the accelerating A320. One truck collided with the right engine+ wing resulting in a fire and a gear collapse.