During an emergency landing in Costa Rica on Thursday, a DHL cargo plane carrying mail and goods went off the runway and broke in half, forcing the closure of the country’s international airport in San Jose for a period of time.
After sliding off the runway after spinning and breaking up around the rear wheels, the bright yellow plane of German logistics company DHL came to a grinding halt with a plume of smoke spewing from its exhaust.
Hector Chaves, the chief of Costa Rica’s firemen, reported that two crew members were “in good health.”
According to Guido Vasquez, a Red Cross worker, the Guatemalan couple was nonetheless sent to the hospital as a precaution “for a medical check-up.”
Even though the pilot had been startled, both members of the crew were aware and “remembered everything well,” according to Vasquez.
Following a mechanical failure on the Boeing-757 plane that had taken off from the Juan Santamaria international airport outside of San Jose, the accident occurred just before 10.30 am The plane had originally taken off from the same airport but had to return 25 minutes later for an emergency landing.