Wednesday 23 June 2021

Plane Makes Emergency Landing At SJO

An Alaska Airlines plane had to make an emergency landing at Juna Santamaría Airport (SJO), shortly after taking off at 11:06 am, declaring an alert in flight.

The plane, with 142 aboard heading for Los Angeles, was forced to return to Alajuela with engine problems, forcing the authorities to dispatch a large number of first responders – Bombers (Fire Department) Cruz Roja (Red Cross), Transito and airport security.

Apparently, a bird strike had occurred in one of its engines. The plane landed safely and without incident, passengers were taken to a special area and were finally able to leave Costa Rica on another plane.

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According to Aeris, the airport manager, the incident caused delays in 7 other flights – 5 arriving and 2 departing.

This is the fifth air emergency that has occurred in recent days, the most recent being last weekend, with an American Airlines plane.

Civil Aviation explains that it maintains a crew at the country’s international airports – San Jose, Liberia (LIR) and Pavas – to keep birds from interfering with flight operations. A spokesperson for Aviacion Civil stressed that the birds are not endangered in any way in their measures to stay them clear of the airports.

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