A Peruvian Airlines Boeing 737 skidded off the runway yesterday at the Francisco Carle Airport in Jauja, Peru. Jauja is approximately 165 miles from Lima, Peru.
In a statement posted to Twitter, Peruvian Airlines said the plane turned off the runway upon landing at 4:30 p.m. local time.
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. – ABC News
All 141 passengers were evacuated from the plane but the extent of any injuries has not been reported.
Featured image of burning Peruvian Airlines Boeing 737 via Youtube video screen capture