A flight from the logistics and cargo company DHL suffered a serious accident this Thursday during an emergency landing at the Juan Santamaría International Airport, in Costa Rica. As a consequence, it ended up split in two.
At around 10:00 am, the ship took off from the aforementioned aerodrome, but only 15 minutes later it alerted the command center that it should return after detecting a failure in its hydraulic system, says El Universal.
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The fire director of Costa Rica, Hector Chaveztold the local press that, once the forced landing was made, the plane skidded, took a turn and its fuselage ended up split in two, exposing its cargo.
“The units mobilized to get the pilot and co-pilot out. Then, foam was applied to prevent any spillage and now work is being done on an earthen dam to prevent the spilled fuel from reaching the sewer”, Chavez commented.
LAST MINUTE: Alert 4A (air accident) declared at the Juan Santamaría International Airport. Air terminal closed; Firefighters on site and more units on the way. pic.twitter.com/3rbgphjwYm
– Delfino.CR (@delfinocrc) April 7, 2022
He also added that the Costa Rican Oil Refinery (Recope) sent a special team to the airport to extract the remaining fuel from the plane’s wings.
Fortunately, the only two crew members on the plane, the pilot and his co-pilot, escaped uninjured and were evacuated in a timely manner. According to the deputy director of Civil AviationLuis Miranda, the aircraft was destined for La Aurora Airport, in Guatemala.
The plane had only traveled 56 kilometers when the failure was realized.
On the other hand, it was learned that the load did not move from its place despite the strong impact. The company’s logistics teams said they will carry out an inventory to determine if there are any hazardous substances that have been exposed.
After the accident, the airport operator indicated that flights were suspended until at least 06:00 pm; this caused the diversion of at least 32 flights from North, Central and South America.