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A DHL cargo plane was seen breaking into two pieces after making an emergency landing at Juan Santa Maria International Airport in Costa Rica.Ezequiel Becerra/AFP via Getty Images

  • A shocking video has emerged of a DHL cargo plane breaking cleanly in two on an airport runway.

  • The plane made an emergency landing at Juan Santa Maria International Airport in Costa Rica.

  • He was seen rolling on the ground, then coming to an abrupt halt before his fuselage appeared to snap in two.

A DHL plane split in two after skidding off the runway and coming to a sudden stop at Juan Santa Maria International Airport in Costa Rica.

Video of the incident, which happened around 10 a.m. local time Thursday, shows the plane skidding along the runway, rolling and turning, then coming to a stop. When the plane came to a stop, its fuselage appeared to collapse, breaking the craft into separate pieces – its body and tail wing.

Other videos from the scene showed the plane being doused with water by firefighters.

Luis Miranda Munoz, deputy director of Costa Rica’s civil aviation authority, told the Guardian the plane was bound for Guatemala but encountered a failure in its hydraulic system. Its pilots asked to turn around and make an emergency landing after about 35 miles of travel, according to The Guardian.

DHL confirmed in a statement to Insider that a DHL Boeing 757-200 aircraft with tail number JOS2716 had indeed “sustained damage” while landing at the airport in Costa Rica.

“We are pleased to report that the crew were not physically injured during the incident. One crew member underwent medical checks as a precaution,” the DHL spokesperson wrote. “We are coordinating with airport authorities to move the aircraft from the area near the runway.”

DHL also told Insider that the runway has since reopened and airport operations have resumed. The spokesperson added that an investigation is underway to find out what happened.

A Boeing representative referred Insider to DHL’s statement on the incident.

According to The Guardian, around 8,500 passengers and 57 commercial and cargo flights were impacted by the closure of the airport, which reopened five hours after the crash.

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