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Cargo plane breaks in two during emergency landing

SAN JOSÉ (AFP) – A cargo plane skidded off the runway and broke in two during an emergency landing in Costa Rica on Thursday, causing the temporary closure of the international airport in San Jose.

Smoke was billowing from the bright yellow plane as it ground to a halt, having slid off the runway when it spun and broke up around the rear wheels.

A cargo jet that spun off lays broken on the runway of the Juan Santamaria International Airport in Alajuela, Costa Rica, Thursday, April 7, 2022. Photo: AP

Two crew members aboard were “in good health”, said Costa Rica’s Firefighters Chief
Hector Chaves.

Nonetheless, the Guatemalan pair were sent to hospital as a precaution “for a medical check-up”, according to Guido Vasquez, a Red Cross worker.