Lima Airport Partners (LAP), the operator of the Jorge Chavez airport, “deeply regrets the loss of life of two members of the LAP aeronautical fire brigade in the accident that occurred between a fire engine and the plane operating flight LA2213 from Lima to Juliaca”, near the border with Bolivia.
In addition to the two deceased firefighters, a rescuer who was in the fire engine was injured and is “in critical condition due to head trauma”, according to a security official, Aurelio Orellana.
The passengers of the plane unharmed
The airline Latam, which provided this domestic flight, “confirms that no passenger or crew member lost their lives”. The plane was carrying 102 passengers and six crew members.
The general manager of Latam Peru, Manuel van Oordt, expressed his amazement at the presence of firefighters on the take-off runway, specifying that the pilot of the plane had not reported any anomalies.
“No emergencies were reported in the flight, it was a flight that was in optimal conditions to take off, he had clearance to take off, and he found a truck on the runway and we do not know what this truck was doing there,” he told a news conference at the airport.
“Following the reports of the deaths of two aeronautical firefighters and an injured person, the prosecutor’s office is seeking to establish the facts before possibly indicting them on homicide and personal injury charges,” the Department of Transportation said. Peruvian.
At full speed
LAP clarified that its “teams provide the necessary care to all passengers, who are doing well”. “We are also investigating to determine the causes of the incident,” he added.
Footage taken by witnesses to the crash and broadcast by TV stations shows the plane – an Airbus A320, according to aircraft tracking websites – at full speed for takeoff hitting a speeding truck and cut him off.