LONDON – Footage obtained via social media shows the LATAM Airlines Airbus A320neo involved in LA2213 being transported off the runway at Lima.
Below, you can see the video of the written-off airframe being transported by a large truck:
A LATAM flight has burst into flames in Peru’s capital Lima at the Jorge Chavez airport after one of its landing gears failed to engage.
The plane involved in the accident is one of many A320s the LATAM fleet has. In one of the videos, it is clearly visible how the wing of the plane rips apart after what appears to be the landing gear collapses into the wing and flame bursts out.
The A320 involved is a relatively young plane of only 5 years old with the registration CC-BHB. The type of plane is an A320-271N which took its first flight on November 16, 2017, which just happened 5 years and 2 days ago.
The flight this plane was on was LA2213, which departs from Lima’s Jorge Chavez and is supposed to land at Juliaca airport in Peru. According to data from Flightradar24, the plane was just about to take off from Lima when the collision happened.
“LATAM plane has just collided with the ground when landing in Jorge Chavez. Airport security team put out the fire quickly but it is not yet known if there are any injuries,” one Twitter user covering the crash posted.
“It had a problem with the landing gear and skidded on the runway,” another wrote, adding that “all have been evacuated alive”.
Clarin reporter José María del Pino tweeted: “Consolidated information: LATAM Juliaca (Peru) – Lima flight collided with an airport truck when landing at the Jorge Chávez Airport in Lima. Security videos show that the plane was landing normally until the truck came across.”
Operations at the airport have been temporarily suspended.
Latam Peru said: “We regret to confirm that the flight LA2213 that covered the Lima – Juliaca route, operated by LATAM Airlines Peru, suffered an accident on the ground. There are no passengers or crew members deceased.”
Another passenger has shown footage of the plane after the fire has been put out while walking around the fuselage. Fire marks are clearly visible on the side of the aircraft.
This is a developing story.