DHL Express Crash in San Jose Down to Hydraulic Failure

DHL Express Crash in San Jose Down to Hydraulic Failure

It has been revealed that the DHL Express Boeing 757-200 that suffered a runway incursion in San Jose, Costa Rica in April 2022 was caused by a hydraulic failure.

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This accident shocked the world due to the nature of the runway incursion that took place at the airport.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Recap: DHL Express Crash in San Jose – April 2022…

DHL Express Crash in San Jose Down to Hydraulic Failure
Photo sourced from previous AviationSource article.


It is understood that JOS7216 departed Juan Santamaria for Guatemala but had to return to the airfield due to a problem with the hydraulics in the left landing gear.

The aircraft was then seen skidding off of the runway and breaking into two.

The Boeing 757 Freighter is registered as HP-2010DAE. The aircraft is 22.3 years old at the time of the accident and first began service with Far Eastern Air Transport in December 1999.

It then transferred over to EVA Airways in May 2004, before back to Far Eastern Air Transport again in January 2004.

From there, it went to Aerolease in March 2010, before being delivered to DHL Aero Expreso in November 2010.

DHL commented on the accident at the time, saying the following to

“We can confirm that a DHL de Guatemala SA B757-200F flight JOS2716 sustained damage upon landing at Juan Santamaria airport in Costa Rica,” said DHL.

“We are pleased to report that the crew was physically unharmed in the incident. One crew member underwent medical checks as a precaution.”

“We are coordinating with the airport authorities on moving the aircraft from the area near the runway. However, the runway has reopened and operations have now resumed at the airport.”

“DHL’s incident response team has been activated and an investigation will be conducted with the relevant authorities to determine what happened. Until then, we are unable to share any further information.”

Cause of the Accident Was Down to Hydraulic Failure…

Photo sourced from previous AviationSource article.

As per The Aviation Herald, the report from the investigation noted that the probable causes of the accident in San Jose involving the DHL Express Boeing 757 Freighter were as follows:

  • Fatigue and Stress in individual wires in the cross section of flexible hydraulic retraction hose of the left hand main landing gear downward locking actor.
  • Inadvertent synchronized movement of right hand reverse thrust lever and left engine control thrust lever as a reaction to muscle memory.

Looking ahead, all eyes will be on the operators to ensure that such checks on hydraulics on such aircraft will be checked over consistently.

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