The Straits Times
Published on Oct 19, 2012

Costa Rica's San Jose airport shut after plane runway skid


SAN JOSE (REUTERS) - Costa Rica's busy main international airport was shut down on Thursday afternoon after the tires of a plane burst upon landing, sending it skidding along the runway, the country's fire chief said.

The plane, a Taca Airlines Airbus 321 originating in El Salvador, touched down at Juan Santamaria International Airport about 4 p.m. local time (5am, Friday, Sg time).

The plane carried 146 passengers and no injuries were reported, Hector Chaves, the national fire chief, said.

The airport closure was ordered after the plane skidded to a halt and blocked a runway.