Passenger plane bursts into flames after 'colliding with truck' at airport-PHOTO

Passenger plane bursts into flames after
# 19 November 2022 03:10 (UTC +04:00)

A LATAM Airlines plane has caught on fire on the runway of the airport in Peru's capital, Lima, the airline said, APA reports citing Sputnik.

"We regret to confirm that flight LA2213 that covered the Lima - Juliaca (in southeastern Peru) route, operated by LATAM Airlines Peru, suffered an accident on the ground. There are no casualties among the passengers or crew members," the airline said in a statement on Twitter on Friday.

According to local media reports, flight LA2213 was about to take off when it struck a vehicle on the runway.

Videos posted on social media show smoke coming from the plane.

Radio RPP (Radio Programas del Peru) said that the plane collided with a fire truck, killing two firefighters who were inside the vehicle.

The Lima Airport Partners company said that operations at the Jorge Chavez International Airport will be suspended until 1 p.m. local time (18:00 GMT) on Saturday, November 19.

The exact cause of the accident is under investigation.