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Costa Rica airport reopens after plane runway skid

Friday, October 19, 2012

Costa Rica's main international airport reopened after shutting down for two hours when the tires of a plane burst upon landing, sending it skidding along the runway.

The capital's Juan Santamaría International Airport, the biggest passenger hub for the popular tourist destination, resumed operations shortly after the plane was removed from the runway at about 6 p.m. local time, said Maria Amalia Revelo, commercial director for the company that manages the airport.

The plane, a Taca Airlines Airbus 321, carried 146 passengers and none were injured, said national fire chief Hector Chaves. The flight originated in El Salvador.

Source: Reuters