Operations at Lima’s international airport suspended after a plane taking off struck a firetruck

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A LATAM Airlines plane taking off from Lima’s international airport en route to the Peruvian city of Juliaca struck a firetruck on the runway and caught fire Friday. There were 102 passengers and six crew members aboard the Airbus A320neo. Two firefighters were killed and one was injured. The plane’s passengers and crew were all safe was said, but it is known that 20 passengers were being treated for injuries – two of them are believed to be serious.. President Pedro Castillo expressed his condolences to the families of the firefighters in a tweet. LATAM Airlines said it did not know why the firetruck was on the runway. “No emergency was reported on the flight It was a flight that was in optimal conditions to take off, it had authorization to take off and it encountered a truck on the runway and we don’t know what the truck was doing there.”

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Videos on social media showed smoke coming from a large plane on the runway. An investigation into the cause of the accident had been opened. Fire department chief Mario Casaretto told local media that “we do not yet know technically what happened.” Operations at Jorge Chávez International Airport were suspended until 1 p.m. local time Saturday. International flights due to land there have been diverted to Colombia, Panama and various Peruvian cities including Iquitos, Pisco, and Arequipa.

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