A LATAM Airlines Airbus A320neo struck a fire truck that was on the runway during a weekend incident at Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM), according to more information that has come to light.
Two people died as a result of the incident.
The firefighters on the scene, according to Lima Airport Partners (LAP), the company that runs LIM, were testing their ability to arrive at an accident scene within the allotted three minutes.
The pace at which rescue units must enter the runway is one of the requirements of the Peruvian Aeronautical Regulation (RAP 314), according to the company’s statement.
The Peruvian Corporation of Commercial Airports and Aviation (CORPAC), which serves as the local air traffic control (ATC) authority, and LAP were arranging the exercise the day before the incident, with CORPAC requesting that it take place “between 15:00 and 16:00 hours the next day.”
The firefighting crew “made all the necessary plans to perform the move” on November 18, 2022, according to LAP’s statement.
The drill was approved to begin at 3:10 PM local time by the local ATC (GMT -5). Two firefighters were killed when a LATAM Airlines A320neo (registered as CC-BHB) collided with a fire vehicle a minute later.
On November 20, 2022, one firefighter was receiving medical care in a hospital.
According to Jorge Salinas Cerreo, the president of the organisation, CORPAC declared that the firefighting vehicle “exceeded all limitations” and was not allowed to access the runway.
The third firefighter, Manuel Villanueva, is presently receiving treatment in a hospital, and we will continue to monitor his health, the airline said in a statement released two days after the event.
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