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DHL cargo plane skids off runway, crashes on landing: video

Dramatic video captured the moment a DHL cargo plane skidded off a runway and broke in two after making an emergency landing in Costa Rica this week, with smoke billowing from the debris.

The Boeing 757-200 took off from Juan Santamaria International Airport in the capital San Jose for a flight to Guatemala around 10:00 a.m. Thursday when the pilots declared an emergency due to a hydraulic failure.

The crew asked to return to the airport and were cleared to land on a runway there. The air traffic controller informed the pilots that emergency vehicles were on standby.

DHL cargo plane
The DHL freighter broke into two pieces after touching down.
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DHL cargo plane
The plane’s pilots declared an emergency Thursday due to a hydraulic failure.
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A DHL cargo plane
The crew was not physically injured in the incident.
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But after touchdown was the yellow plane captured on video turn right, spin around and lose its landing gear as smoke pours out of the fuselage, which broke in two.

“We are pleased to report that the crew was not physically injured in the incident. A crew member underwent a precautionary medical examination,” DHL told airlinesourcenews.com.

Airport operator Aeris said regular operations resumed at 3:30 p.m. local time, several hours earlier than expected, Reuters reported.

About 8,500 passengers and 57 commercial and cargo flights were affected by the closure, according to Aeris.

Passengers queue outside Juan Santa Maria International Airport after a DHL cargo plane made an emergency landing there
Around 8,500 passengers and 57 commercial and cargo flights were affected by the closure.
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Passengers wait for information about their flights as Juan Santamaria International Airport in Costa Rica.
Passengers wait for information about their flights at Juan Santamaria International Airport in Costa Rica.
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DHL and airport authorities said they were working together to move the wreckage, which did not affect operations.

“DHL’s Incident Response Team has been activated and an investigation is being conducted with the relevant authorities to determine what happened,” DHL said.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/08/dhl-cargo-plane-skids-off-runway-breaks-during-landing-video/ DHL cargo plane skids off runway, crashes on landing: video

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