Plane crashes onto runway and spins around as landing gear is torn apart

This is the moment a plane carrying US passengers makes an emergency landing with its body filmed scraping and spinning along the runway before lurching to a stop.

Four US tourists, the pilot, and co-pilot were travelling onboard the aircraft in western Costa Rica when the landing gear failed, according to reports.

In the video, there appears to be a tense atmosphere as airport staff nervously watch the aircraft make its descent while sirens can be heard blasting in the distance.

A man in a high-vis vest can be seen filming on his phone as the plane glides just above the tarmac.

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But, as soon as the plane makes contact with the ground, its wheels fly off and people on the ground can be heard yelling in shock.

The plane then spins around in a half-circle as it comes to a scraping halt.

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Local authorities were alerted to the technical issue at around 1.52pm and the plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Tobias Bolanos International Airport, the secondary airport serving the Costa Rican capital of San Jose, according to fire brigade spokesman Gerardo Guzman.

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Five Red Cross ambulances and five fire engines were sent to the scene.

Firefighters sprayed the plane with foam to cool it down and the passengers managed to disembark by themselves, according to local media.

Reports said the four US tourists and the pilots were taken to the airport terminal for medical checks, but no one required hospital treatment.

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According to Alvaro Vargas, general director of Civil Aviation, the plane was a twin-engine GA34 aircraft leased by the local flight company Carmonair Charter which had taken off from Tambor.

He also named the pilot as Alvaro Chavarria who managed to successfully land the plane without use of the landing gear.

The Tobias Bolanos International Airport was reportedly closed for two hours as the emergency services attended the scene.

Vargas confirmed that the incident is currently under investigation.

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