A LATAM Airbus A320neo suffered a serious accident this Friday, during the start of takeoff at Jorge Chavez Airport, Lima, Peru. The plane, which was in flight CC 2213 in LATAM Peru, bound for the city of Juliaca, collided with a fire truck that entered the runway.
Due to the collision, the plane’s right engine detached while the right landing gear collapsed, dragging the Airbus for hundreds of meters until it came to a stop .
The right wing touched down and began to catch fire, with fuel tanks nearly full. Other airport fire engines, which were in the area, moved quickly to put out the blaze.
In video recordings posted on social media, two fire engines can be seen moving near the runway. The first follows the aircraft as it makes a sharp turn to the right before the A320neo hits it.
According to the local press, two firefighters who were in the vehicle died. LATAM, for its part, said in a statement that there were no casualties among passengers and crew.
“For the moment, we can inform you that there were no deaths among the people who were on board our plane. At this time, our focus is on supporting passengers and families. Likewise, work is being carried out in coordination with the competent authorities to support the investigations into the incident as soon as possible,” the airline said.
The plane that crashed is fairly new, with five years of service. The A320neo registration CC-BHB was received by LATAM Chile in November 2017 under a lease with Avolon.
. LATAM Airbus A320neo between collision with truck firefighters takeoff Lima Peru