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DHL cargo jet splits in two after crash-landing in Costa Rica

DHL cargo jet splits in two after crash-landing in Costa Rica

After an emergency landing, a DHL cargo get slid off the runaway and broke in the middle at Costa Rica's San Jose's international airport Thursday.

The impact of the skidding left the Boeing 757-200 cargo aircraft's nose section telescoped and underbelly open, nearly spilling postal cargo. The crew luckily escaped injuries, however the airport was temporarily shut.

The cargo flight, taking off from Juan Santamaria Airport just west of the capital to Guatemala, returned after detecting a failure in the hydraulic system, according to AP.

Upon landing the aircraft skidded, splitting in two, said Hector Chaves, Director the Costa Rica Fire Department. DHL, part of Deutsche Post AG, reported one crew member as undergoing a medical review for a precaution, according to The Guardian.

Daniel McGrath, DHL spokesman, reportedly said a probe would begin to determine the cause of the accident.

He said that the company was working with airport authorities to shift the plane for resuming stalled flights. Another report said the airport was again open five hours after the accident, quite earlier than hoped.

Costa Rica's deputy director of civil aviation, Luis Miranda said that the flight after covering 35 miles from airport requested a turn back; it was carrying just 2 hours' worth of fuel, according to AP. DHL is a subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL Group.

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