Plane crashes in Costa Rica killing at least 12 people

01 January, 2018, 03:37 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • The aircraft belonged to Nature Air and crashed in Guanacaste northwest Costa Rica

A plane carrying foreign tourists has crashed in Costa Rica, killing all 12 people on board.

Cubillo said the same plane was delayed in arriving that morning in Punta Islita from San Jose due to strong winds.

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.

"The government of Costa Rica profoundly regrets the deaths of 10 USA passengers and Costa Rican pilots in the air accident", which occurred in the country's northwestern Guanacaste region, Solis said in a statement posted to social networks.

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The U.S. State Department confirmed that "multiple U.S. citizens" died in the crash. According to Costa Rican authorities, 10 of those passengers were U.S. citizens.

The cause of the crash is not yet known.

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.

It said the plane had taken off nearby.

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