The video, taken by Carlos Rojas and uploaded onto Youtube, shows Iberia flight 6313 from Madrid coming into land at the Central American country's airport.
But as the Airbus A 340 approaches landing it appears to come dangerously close to cars parked at the end of the runway and misses the airport perimeter fence by just a few meters.
The landing provoked a flurry of comments on social media from local residents about the “narrowly averted disaster” with the island's Tico Times reporting:
"Several residents in Heredia and Alajuela reported the aircraft shook their homes upon descent. One Facebook commenter said flight 6313 was so low, she could “see the screws” on the bottom of the plane."
But far from being an isolated event, authorities at the airport insisted it was a routine landing and followed all regulations.
"Sure it could have been a little bit higher, but the altitude and angle of the plane was fine," explained Rolando Richmond, head of Costa Rica's Aerial Navigation Office,
The video has been viewed ,more than 100,000 times since being uploaded on Sunday.