Two passengers injured during forced beach landing of private airplane

June 20, 2012

The forced landing of a small airplane in the Pacific province of Puntarenas resulted in two injured crew members Tuesday evening.

Nayuribe Vargas, spokeswoman for Civil Aviation Authority, told Channel 6 Repretel that the crew: Alexandro Borja, a Spanish national and Ronald Ray a U.S. citizen, were taken to local hospital Monseñor Sanabría for a physical evaluation. Red Cross responders who attended the injured crew members at site reported the patients’ condition “as stable.”

The aircraft, a Cessna 421, took off Tuesday afternoon in Liberia, capital of the northwestern province of Guanacaste, and was headed towards the Tobias Bolaños Airport in San José.

Civil Aviation reports stated that the pilot reported a malfunction of the plane’s navigation equipment, and he asked for help from the radar crew at the Juan Santamaría International Airport to reach a local airport in Chacarita, Puntarenas. However, the pilot was forced to land at a beach in the small community of Cocal at around 6 p.m.

On Wednesday the foreigners were discharged from the hospital. The plane’s owner decided not to recover the aircraft and to donate it to the community. A neighbor’s association will sell the aircraft as scrap and the funds will be invested in community projects.

You may be interested

Bright Lights Boat Parade inaugurates holiday season in Quepos
Events
85 views
Events
85 views

Bright Lights Boat Parade inaugurates holiday season in Quepos

Elizabeth Lang - December 11, 2017

The Bright Lights Boat Parade marked the official kickoff of the holiday season in the Central Pacific town of Quepos…

Strong winds cause three deaths in Costa Rica, one in El Salvador
Weather
2391 views
Weather
2391 views

Strong winds cause three deaths in Costa Rica, one in El Salvador

AFP - December 10, 2017

Three people have died in Costa Rica, includiing two Swiss tourists, and one in El Salvador as a result of…

6 camouflaged Costa Rican creatures you probably haven’t seen
Environment and Wildlife
2568 views
Environment and Wildlife
2568 views

6 camouflaged Costa Rican creatures you probably haven’t seen

Lindsay Fendt - December 9, 2017

The jungle can be a scary place, and even for some of the fiercest of Costa Rica’s creatures, sometimes the…