Tourists among 12 killed in Costa Rica plane crash

01 January, 2018, 03:36 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Tourists among 12 killed in Costa Rica plane crash

"Multiple U.S. citizens" were killed in a charter plane crash in Guancaste, Costa Rica, according to the U.S. State Department.

The plane crashed just moments after takeoff from Punta Islita Airport, according to officials and witnesses. It took place in the mountainous area of Punta Islita, which is popular with tourists, in the province of Guanacaste, about 230 km (140 miles) west of the capital of San José.

"The government of Costa Rica profoundly regrets the deaths of 10 U.S. 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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Shocking pictures showing the burning wreckage of the plane at the crash site have been released by Costa Rican authorities. "We are in contact with Costa Rican aviation authorities and will continue to monitor the situation", the spokesperson said in a statement to CBS News.

A mother, father and their three children from Scarsdale, New York, were aboard the plane.

The Costa Rican government reported that a plane with 10 foreigners and two local crewmembers crashed in a wooded area.

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