Two firefighters at Peru’s Lima International Airport were killed Friday when their fire truck collided with a LATAM Airlines plane that was about to take off.
The fire engine pulled onto the runway and found itself in the path of the plane, which was carrying 120 passengers. The country’s health ministry said 20 passengers were hospitalized, with at least two in serious condition.
Videos of the incident posted on social media show the aircraft colliding with the fire engine, then quickly catching fire and then coming to a stop.
Lima Airport Partners, the company that manages Jorge Chavez International Airport, said operations of the facilities were suspended. The Airbus A320neo was carrying 120 passengers and six crew members. “Our teams are providing the necessary care to all passengers, who are in good condition,” the company said.
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