(San Jose) A cargo plane carrying mail and parcels crashed two Thursdays while making an emergency landing on the runway of an airport in San Jose, Costa Rica. No casualties were reported in the crash but authorities said the airport was temporarily closed.
Released at 9:47 p.m.
“The two people on board are fine,” Costa Rican fire chief Hector Chavez told reporters.
Guido Vasquez, the Red Cross’s first aide, said two Guatemalan workers had been taken to hospital for testing.
The German group DHL’s Boeing-757 took off 25 minutes from San Jose airport en route to Guatemala, where the pilot reported a problem with the hydraulic system and was asked to return, operations director Julian Belliard said. And the security of Aries, the public company that manages the airport.
During the emergency landing, the plane skidded off the runway and broke in two.
The crash completely shut down operations at the country’s largest Juan Santamaria Airport (San Jose) at 5:30 a.m., affecting 100 planes and 8,500 passengers.
Ricardo Hernandez, general manager of Aries, the public company that manages the airport, pointed out that the airport’s operations had returned to normal, “arriving and departing”.