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Cusco airport resumes flight operations

Aeropuerto Cusco Cuzco Alejandro Velasco Astete

Aeropuerto Cusco Cuzco Alejandro Velasco Astete

12:56 | Cusco, Mar. 21.

Flight operations were resumed at Cusco-based Alejandro Velasco Astete international airport on Monday, following an incident occurred during an airplane's takeoff.

Operations were suspended since Sunday March 20 at 11:30 hours after an aircraft went off the runway when it tried to depart from the imperial city. 

According to Peruvian Airlines, the tire of one of the front landing gear wheels burst, which took the airplane about 150 meters away from the runway.

The incident did not cause any victims or human injuries, but prompted authorities to activate the emergency response protocol aimed at providing assistance to travelers and crew to prevent major consequences at the site. 

Deputy Transport Minister Henry Zaira confirmed that local authorities have launched an investigation to determine the causes of the accident. 

A greater number of flights (at least 40) will be available today for affected passengers with the aim of enabling them to reach their destinations on time. 

(END) MAO/HMC/RMB

Published: 3/21/2016
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