Boeing 737 Airport Crash | Loungtastic
A Peruvian Airlines Boeing 737 jet with 141 passengers on board has veered off the runway, bursting into flames upon landing at the Francisco Carle Airport in Jauja, Peru.
Peruvian Airlines' Boeing 737-300, registration number OB-2036, was involved in an accident and caught fire upon landing at the Francisco Carle Airport around 4:30 pm local time, the company has confirmed.
"Today, at 16:30 pm, when we landed at Francisco Carle de Jauja Airport, our Boeing 737-300 aircraft... turned on the right side, skidding off the runway. The high professionalism of our cabin crew prevented a major incident," the airline said.
Video posted to social media Tuesday shows a Peruvian Airlines passenger jet on fire at Francisco Carle Airport in Jauja, Peru, located about 165 miles east of Lima.
The video, which was posted to Facebook, shows several workers tending to the plane as thick black smoke billows toward the sky.
In a statement posted to Twitter, Peruvian Airlines said the plane turned off the runway upon landing at 4:30 p.m. local time.
All 141 passengers on board the Boeing aircraft were evacuated from the plane; none were considerably injured, the airline said.
Alberto Lopez, a spokesman for Peruvian Airlines, emphasized that the plane did not crash, though. "The investigators are traveling to Jauja tomorrow [Wednesday] at 5 am and our emergency team is in place and that is all we can say. The plane did not crash, it landed and then the fire was produced once the plane was on the ground but the exact cause of fire will be explained once the investigation has been completed."
The aircraft caught fire as a consequence of the "forced landing," the Peruvian Ministry of Transport and Communication said in a statement. Firefighters at the airport put the fire out.
Boeing tweeted Tuesday night, "We are aware of the incident involving Peruvian Airlines Flight 2036. Our team is currently gathering more information."
Some 141 passengers were on board the flight, but none of them suffered any serious injuries from the accident, the airline said, noting that all passengers were safely evacuated from the plane.
An investigation has been launched into the cause of the combustion. Video posted to social media shows a Peruvian Airlines passenger jet on fire.
One of the passengers, Jessica Nunez, told Canal N that the pilot apparently lost control of the aircraft after touchdown when the right wing broke off and the fire started.
Following the crash landing, the airport's emergency crews rushed to the scene to help evacuate the people. Firefighters from Company 48 also arrived from Jauja.
The Director of Civil Aeronautics, Juan Pavic, confirmed that everyone was brought out safely. He also indicated that the certificates of both the pilots and the airplane was in order, local media reports.