Passenger plane catches fire after emergency landing in Andes

Aircraft made emergency landing before skidding off runway

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A passenger plane caught fire in mid-air before skidding off the runway while attempting an emergency landing in the Andes.

The right wing of the Peruvian Airlines jet broke starting a fire, according to local media in South America.

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The aircraft, which was travelling from Lima, was forced to make an emergency landing at a small airport in Jauja after authorities were alerted.

The plane skidded off the runway as it touched down on Tuesday.

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The plane's right wing broke, which started the fire. Photo: Twitter

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Passengers were able to escape the jet before the fire spread to the fuselage.

No major injuries were reported.

Authorities have launched an investigation into what caused the fire on the commercial plane.


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