Americans among 12 dead in Costa Rica plane crash

01 January, 2018, 04:35 | Author: Bert Pena
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   CRASH LANDING The plane believed to be carrying 12 people has crashed in a wooded area

The country's Ministry of Public Security said in a statement that the aircraft went down in Guanacaste, a province in the country's northwestern corner popular with global tourists.

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

A charter plane crashed in Guancaste, Costa Rica, on Sunday, killing 10 American passengers and two Costa Rican pilots, the Costa Rican government said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash, which occurred early Sunday afternoon in Nandayure, a region in Costa Rica's Guanacaste province.

"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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A U.S. State Department spokesperson confirmed that multiple U.S. citizens died in the crash.

Enio Cubillo, director of Costa Rica Civil Aviation, said at a news conference that the Nature Air pilot, Juan Manuel Retana, was very experienced.

"There are no people alive", Security Minister Gustavo Mata said, adding that autopsies would be needed to confirm the total number and identities of victims because their remains were badly burned.

The plane went down in a heavily wooded area.


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