10 U.S. citizens, 2 residents killed in Costa Rica plane crash

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Costa Rica’s Civil Air travel press office through AP/ AP This photo launched by Costa Rica’s Civil Aviation press workplace reveals the website of an airplane crash in Punta Islita, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. A federal government statement says there were 10 immigrants and 2 Costa Rican crew members aboard the plane belonging to Nature Air, which had removed nearby.

Published Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017|6:36 p.m.

Updated Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017|8:08 p.m.

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica– A plane carrying 10 U.S. people and 2 regional crewmembers crashed in a wooded area, eliminating all aboard Sunday, Costa Rica’s federal government said.

The General Public Security Ministry published pictures and video of the crash website revealing burning wreckage of the airplane in Guanacaste, northwest Costa Rica.

Authorities stated Sunday evening that so far they had just a list of guests offered by the airline and were awaiting main verification of their identities.

A family in the suburban areas of New York City stated five of the dead Americans were relatives on getaway. They identified them as Bruce and Irene Steinberg and their boys Matthew, William and Zachary, all Scarsdale.

“We remain in utter shock and disbelief today,” Bruce Steinberg’s sis, Tamara Steinberg Jacobson, wrote on Facebook. She also verified the deaths in an interview with NBC News.

Rabbi Jonathan Blake of the Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale said the Steinbergs were involved in philanthropy and local Jewish groups. “They will be deeply missed,” he informed the New york city Post.

At a press conference, Enio Cubillo, director of Costa Rica Civil Aviation, said the Nature Air charter flight took off just after midday Sunday from Punta Islita and was movinged towards the capital of San Jose when it crashed.

Cubillo said the cause was under examination.

He identified the pilot as Juan Manuel Retana and described him as extremely skilled. Former Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla said by means of Twitter that Retana was her cousin.

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

Nature Air did not react to phone and e-mail messages.

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