Boeing 757-200F torn to pieces in San Jose, Costa Rica (Video)
A Boeing 757-27A (PCF) DHL Aero Expreso (HP-2010DAE) was operating cargo flight D07216 between San Jose, Costa Rica and Guatemala City, Guatemala, on April 7.
After taking off from San Jose Airport, the aircraft headed north to Guatemala. But after 10 minutes of flying, the pilots decided to return to San Jose, reporting technical problems. The aircraft had to enter a holding area for 25 minutes, during which time it ran out of fuel.
The communication between the pilots and the tower indicates that the aircraft suffered a hydraulic problem. The pilots then decided to land in San Jose, but during the landing the aircraft went off the runway. The Boeing 757 broke to pieces and stopped completely. Rescue services responded promptly, with initial reports suggesting no one was seriously injured.
DHL Aero Expreso SA is a cargo airline based in Panama City, Panama. It is wholly owned by Deutsche Post World Net and operates the services of the group of parcels and mail under the DHL brand in Central and South America. Its main base is Tocumen International Airport, Panama City.