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LIMA, Nov 18 (Reuters) – LATAM Airlines said on Friday that one of its passenger planes collided with a vehicle on the runway of Peru’s Jorge Chavez International Airport as it was taking off, killing two firefighters who were on land.

No passengers or crew members died in the incident, LATAM Airlines said.

“Unfortunately, two aeronautical firefighters have died,” the commander of the fire brigade, Luis Ponce, told local television station Canal N.

Lima Airport Partners, which operates the Jorge Chávez airport in Lima, the country’s largest, had previously reported that all the passengers were unharmed.

Images broadcast on Twitter and replicated by local media showed the LATAM Airlines plane partially on fire on the runway, before firefighters managed to put out the fire. One of the wings of the plane looked broken.

Flight LA2213, which was involved in the accident, was going to cover the domestic Lima-Juliaca route, LATAM Airlines said.

This is the second incident in less than a month involving LATAM Airlines, after the tip of the nose of one of its planes was destroyed in the middle of a strong storm that forced it to make an emergency landing in Paraguay. (Reporting by Marco Aquino. Editing by Javier Leira)

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