Minor accident at Costa Rica airport as plane from El Salvador skids across runway
TACA airlines flight 621 from El Salvador was carrying 146 passengers and seven crew members when it skidded across the runway at Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport, outside San José. The incident occurred at 4 p.m. Thursday, and there have been no reports of injuries.
The plane, an Airbus 321, had trouble touching down when three of its tires burst, although pilots managed to keep the aircraft on the runway until it stopped, airport authorities reported.
Héctor Chaves, chief of Costa Rica’s Fire Department, said the airport was closed for at least two hours to evacuate passengers, and all flights were suspended during that time.
Capt. Alex Romero, from the Air Surveillance Department at the Public Security Ministry, said that a wet runway caused problems when the tires hit the pavement.
You may be interested
Give green in Costa Rica: holiday gifts that will live on all yearEd Bernhardt - December 16, 2017
A warm holiday greeting from the garden to all our readers. Another year has come to an end, and it’s…
Honduran opposition protesters take to the streetsNoe Leiva / AFP - December 15, 2017
Supporters of the leftist opposition in Honduras blocked streets in various cities around that country on Friday, despite political repression,…
Of snow, kindness and Northern Lights: a Costa Rican in Manitoba, CanadaGustavo Díaz Cruz - December 14, 2017
My mom named me Gustavo Adolfo. I was born in Puntarenas, next to the sea, but my home was in…