Small plane crashes in Costa Rica, killing 12

Small plane crashes in Costa Rica, killing 12

Small plane crashes in Costa Rica, killing 12

Costa Rican authorities say a plane crash in Costa Rica on Sunday has killed 10 USA citizens and two crew members.

The plane crashed just moments after takeoff from Punta Islita Airport, according to officials and witnesses.

The aircraft, a single-propellor Cessna 208 Caravan, came down in a mountainous area near the Pacific coastal beach town of Punta Islita in the country's Guanacaste peninsula, the spokesman, Carlos Hidalgo, said on his Facebook page.

Hidalgo published images of the crash site, showing flaming wreckage strewn across the terrain. "We express our condolences to all those affected by this tragedy".

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The aircraft, which was carrying 2 pilots from Costa Rica, and 10 passengers, reportedly belongs to local Nature Air airline. According to Costa Rican authorities, 10 of those passengers were USA citizens.

The reason for the crash is not yet known.

"When I saw it sideways, I thought, 'Oh, is this a plane doing a trick?' I thought, and then I went, 'Wait, that's a big plane to do a trick, ' and then it".

Five family members from Westchester were among 10 Americans killed when a plane crashed in Costa Rica this weekend, a family member confirmed.

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