DHL Boeing 757 Skids Off Runway, Fuselage Fracturing In Two Sections

DHL Boeing 757 Skids Off Runway, Fuselage Fracturing In Two Sections

April 10, 2022 Off By Reem

A DHL’ s Boeing 757 cargo plane fuselage ruptured, cleanly separating into two sections as the aircraft which had experienced in-flight problems skidded off the runway into an embankment during landing.

The Boeing 757-200F operating flight DO7216 bound for Guatemala City had departed Juan Santamaria International Airport in Costa Rica at about 10am on Thursday April 7th when, minutes into the flight, began experiencing hydraulics problems. As the crew of two, sole occupants aboard the aircraft, initiated the emergency procedure to return to Juan Santamaria International Airport, air traffic controllers first instructed the crew to keep the aircraft on a holding pattern long enough to burn and dump enough fuel for a safer landing at a lowered weight. With the clear to land instruction given to the crew, onlookers nearby the runway saw the landing aircraft rolling at a visibly higher speed than normal with smoke coming out of its main landing gear’s tyres; the pilot probably braking very hard. As the end of the runway approached, the aircraft pilots initiated a slight right turn, veering onto an adjacent taxiway. Still at a high rate of speed, the aircraft began skidding making a half turn before sliding down an embankment off the taxiway. Crashing down the embankment at an awkward angle, the aircraft fuselage fractured aft of the wings, with the right engine striking the ground ripping off a wing.

At that point, firefighting vehicle began moving to extinguish a fire outbreak, with both pilots exiting the stricken 757 safely.