DHL Plane News: DHL Boeing Cargo Plane skids from Runaway in Costa Rica, splits in two, no injuries

A Boeing 757-200 cargo plane operated by DHL skidded on the runway at Costa Rica’s international airport. The plane broke into two pieces, resulting in the temporary closure of the airport. Fortunately, no crew members were injured, but they were taken to hospital for the medical examination for safety reasons. DHL is part of the Deutsche Post DHL Group)

Costa Rica Fire Director Héctor Chaves said when the plane landed it skidded off the runway and split in two, exposing its cargo.

Video of the accident went viral on social media. He revealed how the DHL cargo plane skidded on the runway after landing, spinning 180 degrees and breaking in two.

The plane was heading to Guatemala with two crew members. According to firefighters, shortly after takeoff, the Boeing 757-200’s hydraulic systems failed, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing.

Costa Rica’s deputy director of civil aviation, Luis Miranda, said the plane managed to cover about 35 miles from the San Jose airport when the pilot sent a return request. He also said the pilot and co-pilot, the plane’s only crew members, carried fuel to cover approximately 2.5 hours of air travel.

Hector Chaves further said that teams were immediately on the move to evacuate the pilot and co-pilot safely from the disabled aircraft. They used foam to seal the leak. The team is currently working on the construction of an earthen dike to prevent fuel from entering the drainage system.

Daniel McGrath, the DHL representative, said the company and airport authorities were working together to relocate the plane so other flights at the airport could resume operations. He also mentioned that an investigation would take place to find out what caused the accident.

Airport authorities had said the incident could keep the airport closed until at least 6 p.m. Some flights were to be redirected to Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, located about 200 km northwest of San Jose.

However, Aeris, the airport operator, said the airport reopened at 3:30 p.m. local time ahead of schedule after the 10:00 a.m. emergency landing incident.

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