A plane and a fire truck collide in Peru, causing two deaths and 61 people injured
The plane was about to take off when a side of the aircraft hit the fire truck, in which two of its members have died.
A Peru aircraft panicked for a few moments on Friday afternoon at the Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima (Peru) as it was about to take off. The aircraft crashed one of its wings into a fire truck on the runway. An accident that has resulted in the death of two firefighters and two others in serious conditions.
The crash caused a fire on one side of the aircraft that was quickly put out by emergency teams. Fortunately, the passengers and crew of the flight were able to leave the aircraft and there were no injuries or deaths.
However, the Peruvian Ministry of Health has assured that a total of 61 people have been transferred to hospitals near the airport. Also, the President of Peru, Pedro Castillo, has expressed his condolences to the families of the two deceased firefighters and assures to make “votes for the recovery of the wounded”, through his Twitter account.
The flight covered the route between the Peruvian capital and the city of Juliaca, about 1,280 kilometers away. The company that manages the airport, Lima Airport Partners, also wanted to show their support to the families of the deceased: “We express our solidarity with the families of Ángel Torres, of the Garibaldi Fire Company 6 and Nicolás Santa Gadea of the Garibaldi Fire Company 7”.
Jorge Chavez airport operations were suspended until this Saturday at one p.m after announcing that it had deployed the emergency plan, mobilizing all available human and physical resources to provide immediate assistance to passengers and crew on board”.
The president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, has ordered the Ministry of Defense to manage a humanitarian flight to transfer the body of one of the dead firefighters to their families.