A DHL cargo jet slid off the runway and broke in half while landing at San Jose’s international airport on Thursday.
This caused the airport to temporarily shut down, but no crew member was injured.
According to the fire department, the Boeing 757 took off from Juan Santamaria Airport,
just west of the capital, but returned due to a hydraulic system failure.
According to Hector Chaves, director of the Costa Rica Fire Department, the aircraft skidded,
turned, and broke in half upon landing, exposing its cargo.
“Units mobilized to remove the pilot and co-pilot,” Chaves said.
“Then they applied foam to prevent a spill and now they are working on
an earthen dike to avoid any fuel from reaching the drainage system.”
According to a DHL spokesman, both pilots were unharmed, but one was undergoing a medical check as a precaution.
According to DHL spokesman Daniel McGrath, the company is working with airport authorities to relocate the plane so that flights can resume.
An investigation would be launched to ascertain the cause of the incident, stated the spokesman.
According to Luis Miranda, Costa Rica’s deputy director of civil aviation,
the plane had only traveled about 35 miles from the airport when it requested permission to return from its planned flight to Guatemala City.
He stated that the pilot and co-pilot were the only crew members on board the plane, which had only about 2 hours of fuel.