DHL Boeing 757 suffers accident after landing in Costa Rica

The Boeing 757-200F aircraft involved in the accident. Photo: © Aero Icarus (CC BY-SA 2.0)

A Boeing 757 operated by DHL Aero Expreso has suffered major damage shortly after landing in San Jose, Costa Rica.

The aircraft touched down, but shortly after broke in two pieces next to a taxiway when attempting to leave the runway at about 10:25 am local time. Videos posted on Social Media show the jet sliding onto an embankment and coming to a halt.

It was operating flight D07216 from San Jose to Guatemala City but was forced to return to its origin airport not long after take-off. The Boeing 757-200F, registered as HP-2010DAE, was holding for a short period of time before approaching San Jose Juan Santamaría International Airport (IATA Code: SJO).

According to local media reports, the pilots had reported hydraulic issues, which prompted the return. The two survived the accident without major injuries.

DHL Aero Expreso is a Panama-registered cargo airline and partly owned by global parcel logistics company DHL.