Published on : Wednesday, March 29, 2017
A commercial plane of Peru, particularly of Peruvian Airlines had little choice but to opt for an emergency landing at an airport in the Andes soon after it had caught fire on Tuesday as per the reports of the local media.
The official reports state that the plane had been travelling from Lima and had landed safely at the small airport in Jauja after the authorities were alerted.
All the travellers were capable of making a safe exit from the aircraft before the fire spread to the fuselage.
The local media said that the right wing of the aircraft had broke and this is believed to have started the fire. The Boeing 737-300 that was travelling from Lima had to go for an emergency landing at a small airport in Jauja.
Reportedly, the plane had skidded off the runway as it made this landing.
The flight had been carrying 141 people who were able to escape prior to the spreading of the fire to the fuselage, according to the spokesperson of the airline. There are no reports of any major injuries amongst the passengers.
The authorities have launched an immediate investigation about the cause of the fire.
The incident occurred around 4.30 p.m. in an agricultural valley at a distance of nearly 265 kms from Lima, the capital. Carlos Basombrio who is the Interior Minister stated that the fire might have started when the right wing of the aircraft scraped the runway.