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Video shows the shocking moment when a DHL cargo plane split in 2 after making an emergency landing

Cheryl Teh·2 min read
A DHL cargo plane is seen after emergency landing at the Juan Santa Maria international airport due to a mechanical problem, in Alajuela, Costa Rica, on April 7, 2022.
A DHL cargo plane was seen snapping into two pieces after making an emergency landing at the Juan Santa Maria international airport in Costa Rica.Ezequiel Becerra/AFP via Getty Images
  • A shocking video has emerged of a DHL cargo plane breaking cleanly in two on an airport runway.

  • The plane made an emergency landing at the Juan Santa Maria international airport in Costa Rica.

  • It was seen taxiing, then coming to an abrupt halt before its fuselage seemingly snapped in two.

A DHL plane split cleanly in two after it skidded off the runway and came to an abrupt halt at the Juan Santa Maria international airport in Costa Rica.

Video of the incident, which happened around 10 am. local time on Thursday, shows the plane skidding along the runway, taxiing and turning, then coming to a stop. As the plane stopped, its fuselage appeared to crumble, breaking the craft into separate pieces — its body, and its tail wing.

Other videos from the scene showed the plane being doused with water by firefighters.

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Luis Miranda Munoz, deputy director of Costa Rica's civil aviation authority, told The Guardian that the aircraft was bound for Guatemala but encountered a failure in its hydraulic system. Its pilots requested to turn back and make an emergency landing after some 35 miles of travel, per The Guardian.

—Costa Rica Aviation (@CR_Aviation) April 7, 2022

DHL confirmed in a statement to Insider that a DHL Boeing 757-200 plane with the tail number JOS2716 had indeed "sustained damage" during its landing at the Costa Rican airport.

"We are pleased to report that the crew were physically unharmed in the incident. One crew member underwent medical checks as a precaution," wrote the DHL spokesperson. "We are coordinating with the airport authorities on moving the aircraft from the area near the runway."

DHL also told Insider that the runway has since reopened and airport operations have resumed. The spokesperson added that an investigation is underway to find out what happened.

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