Flight instructor and student survive Costa Rica plane crash
A pilot and a flight student survived a crash Wednesday morning with minor injuries after falling into a canyon filled with thick vegetation in west San José. They managed to walk out of the stricken plane after the landing, authorities said.
The two-seater Cessna 152 model had taken off from Tobías Bolaños International Airport in Pavas, just west of the capital, when instructor Rogelio Navas “declared an emergency and signaled that he was going to try to return to the airport. In that moment, air traffic controllers lost contact with them,” said Jorge Fernández, Civil Aviation director.
Despite strong winds, the pilot managed a controlled glide, without the engine, and positioned the plane near the bottom of the canyon, Fernández said.
You may be interested
Costa Rica closes embassy in Venezuela as cost-cutting measureAFP - October 1, 2020
Costa Rica on Wednesday announced the closure of the country's embassy and consulate general in Caracas, effective Thursday, as part…
Ports and highways blocked in rejection of Costa Rica’s IMF proposalThe Tico Times - October 1, 2020
Protesters blocked roads and ports in different parts of Costa Rica on Wednesday in a protest against planned negotiations with…
Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Wednesday, September 30Alejandro Zúñiga - September 30, 2020
Costa Rica announced 24 new coronavirus-related deaths over the last day for a total of 904, according to official data…