Peruvian Plane Collides with Fire Truck: A major accident took place on Friday (November 18) at Lima Airport in Peru. A LATAM Airlines plane collided with a truck parked on the runway during landing at the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima. The plane caught fire due to this incident. Two firefighters were killed in the incident, while some passengers on board were injured. At the time of the incident, there were 102 passengers and 6 crew members in the aircraft. The investigation of this incident has started.
After the incident, the statements of the airline and airport authority have also come to the fore. Both have presented their respective sides regarding the incident and have pointed fingers at each other. Neither of them is ready to accept their mistake. There is so much difference between the statements of both that it is not understood whose fault it is.
What is the whole matter?
Last Friday, a LATAM Airlines plane fell victim to an accident at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport. During the landing of the plane, suddenly a truck came on the runway. A part of the plane collided with the truck. Due to this, the testicles of the truck flew away. The people in the truck died on the spot. The plane also caught fire in the incident.
The video of this incident also went viral on social media. It is seen in the video that the plane went ahead trampling the truck. However, due to this one of his wing hit the ground, due to which it caught fire. At the time of the accident, there were 102 passengers and 6 crew members in the aircraft. There was a stir inside the plane. 20 passengers have been injured in the incident, out of which the condition of 2 is said to be serious.
Happened in Lima, here the plane after the impact.pic.twitter.com/wVuBJrObE7
— Nacho Lozano (@nacholozano) October 19, 2022
‘Drill was going on on the runway’
The Airport Authority says that at the time of the accident, a drill was going on to deal with emergency situations on the runway. Officials said that the truck that was involved in the accident was part of this drill. LATAM, the company of the plane that was the victim of the accident, said that its flight had been approved for take-off. LATAM CEO Manuel Van Oordt informed that the flight was cleared for takeoff. He said that he did not know how the fire truck had reached there. He said that we had not sought his service.
Who is guilty of the accident?
In this case, the blame game has started and efforts are being made to blame each other. Lima Airport Partners (LAP) said fire brigade crews had made all necessary arrangements to enter the runway for an emergency drill. He said that the control tower gave the time to start the drill at 15.10, but a minute later the flight of LATAM arrived.
However, the Board of Directors of the Peruvian Corporation of Airports and the President of Commercial Aviation (Corpac) have denied this. George Salinas told local radio that the routine had no right of way to enter the runway. He said that he had the authority to conduct the exercise but outside the areas where transit is currently in operation.
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