A DHL cargo plane crashed at Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaria International Airport, forcing authorities to close the airport for several hours. DHL, a subsidiary of Deutsche Post AG, was operating a Boeing 757-200 cargo plane dressed in traditional yellow and can be seen slamming onto the runway after an emergency landing in several social media videos.
Aviation officials said the plane skidded off the runway after a hard hit and veered into a grassy area and split in two. Airport operator Eris said in a statement that the pilot and co-pilot had ejected safely.
Various videos of the incident are going viral on the internet, showing a yellow-coloured aircraft, with its tail severed and a broken wing, covered with fire-extinguishing foam, as it is partially covered with grass. lying in the field and runway.
According to DHL, there was no damage to the crew in the incident, “as a precautionary medical examination of a member of the crew is being done.” Eris said Juan Santamaria Airport on the outskirts of the capital San Jose was closed for several hours, affecting 32 commercial flights to the United States, Central America, Mexico, Canada and Europe.
Luis Miranda Muoz, deputy director of Costa Rica’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation, told Reuters that the plane, bound for Guatemala, apparently had a failure in the hydraulic system, forcing the pilot to request an emergency landing shortly after takeoff.
Munoz said the plane was still on the ground and aviation officials were waiting for it to be removed to resume operations. DHL said they were coordinating with airport officials to remove the plane from the runway so that the airport can resume normal operations as soon as possible.
“DHL’s incident response team has been activated and an investigation will be conducted with the relevant authorities to determine what happened,” DHL said.