Killed in Costa Rica Plane Crash

Hannah Rogers
January 1, 2018

A plane carrying 10 USA citizens and two local crewmembers crashed in a wooded area, killing all aboard Sunday, Costa Rica's government said.

A video of the crash site obtained from Costa Rica's Security Ministry shows orange flames consuming a pile of blackened ruins, with plane parts scattered in an area thick with trees.

The U.S. State Department said it was working with Costa Rican authorities to determine if the plane carried U.S. citizens.

The light aircraft went down in the mountains of Guanacaste, northwest Costa Rica, with 10 foreigners and two crew members on board.

The State Department declined to identify the people on board, "out of respect for their families".

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The same plane had arrived in Punta Islita on Sunday morning from San Jose and was delayed in landing by strong winds, Cubillo said.

Nature Air said in a statement that it lamented the accident, without explaining the cause.

Enio Cubillo, director of Civil Aviation, said the tourists travelling in the aircraft were staying in a nearby hotel.

Dawn and Matthew Wolfe, who have been vacationing in Costa Rica for a month, said they and their three children were sitting in a restaurant near Punta Islita Airport when the plane took off.

The other two killed are local crewmembers.

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