SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA – October 19th, 2012 – An Airbus A321 belonging to TACA airlines, carrying 146 passengers and 7 crew members, skidded while landing yesterday at the Juan Santamaria International Airport, in Alajuela.
The incident occurred around 4 p.m. Hector Chaves, chief of the Costa Rican Firefighters, stated that a flat tire on the aircraft’s landing gear was responsible for the incident.
Chaves said that despite skidding from the flat tire, the airplane was able to maintain itself on the runway.
Chaves said that there were no injuries, though the terminal area was shut down and passengers evacuated in order to assess the situation.
Alex Romero, Captain of Airport Security, said that the aircraft hydroplaned on the wet runway during its landing.
The Airbus A321 carries approximately 6,500 pounds of fuel.
The airport was shut down for a few hours while the aircraft and facilities were inspected.