Plane with 10 tourists on board crashes in Costa Rica

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The Costa Rican government says that a plane with 10 foreigners, including a family of five, and two local crew members has crashed in a wooded area.

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

However, local media said five of the foreigners were identified as Bruce Steinberg, Irene Steinberg, Matthew Steinberg, William Steinberg and Zachary Steinberg, Diario Las Americos reported.

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The Costa Rican government said a plane with a family of five, and two local crew members has crashed in a wooded area. Local media said five of the foreigners were identified as Bruce Steinberg, Irene Steinberg, Matthew Steinberg, William Steinberg and Zachary Steinberg

The Costa Rican government said a plane with a family of five, and two local crew members has crashed in a wooded area. Local media said five of the foreigners were identified as Bruce Steinberg, Irene Steinberg, Matthew Steinberg, William Steinberg and Zachary Steinberg

Costa Rica’s government said a plane with 10 foreigners, including a family of five, and two pilots crashed in a wooded area. Local media said five foreigners were identified as Bruce Steinberg, Irene Steinberg, Matthew Steinberg, William Steinberg and Zachary Steinberg

The Public Safety Ministry posted video of the crash site showing burning wreckage

The Public Safety Ministry posted video of the crash site showing burning wreckage

The Public Safety Ministry posted video of the crash site showing burning wreckage

The aircraft belonged to Nature Air and crashed in Guanacaste, northwest Costa Rica

The Public Safety Ministry posted photographs and video of the crash site showing burning wreckage of the plane. 

The reason for the crash is not yet known. 

It took place in the mountainous area of Punta Islita, which is popular with tourists, in the province of Guanacaste, about 140 miles west of the capital of San Jose.

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.

‘It is a private plane with 10 foreign passengers and two local crew members,’ a separate security ministry statement said.

Hidalgo published images of the crash site, showing flaming wreckage strewn across the terrain.

The plane came down in a forest soon after taking off 

The plane came down in a forest soon after taking off 

The plane came down in a forest soon after taking off 

Laura Chinchilla, who was president of Costa Rica from 2010 to 2014, said on Twitter that her cousin, Juan Manuel Retana, one of the crew members, had died in the accident (pictured)  

Laura Chinchilla, who was president of Costa Rica from 2010 to 2014, said on Twitter that her cousin, Juan Manuel Retana, one of the crew members, had died in the accident (pictured)  

Laura Chinchilla, who was president of Costa Rica from 2010 to 2014, said on Twitter that her cousin, Juan Manuel Retana, one of the crew members, had died in the accident (pictured)  

The reason for the crash is unknown. The aircraft, a single-propellor Cessna 208 Caravan, came down in a mountainous area near the Pacific coastal beach town of Punta Islita

The reason for the crash is unknown. The aircraft, a single-propellor Cessna 208 Caravan, came down in a mountainous area near the Pacific coastal beach town of Punta Islita

The reason for the crash is unknown. The aircraft, a single-propellor Cessna 208 Caravan, came down in a mountainous area near the Pacific coastal beach town of Punta Islita

Laura Chinchilla, who was president of Costa Rica from 2010 to 2014, said on Twitter that her cousin, Juan Manuel Retana, one of the crew members, had died in the accident. 

‘A death has interrupted our family celebration. Our beloved cousin died as part of the crew of the plane that crashed in Guanacaste. Courage to his children and siblings and may he rest in peace,’ she wrote in the tweet. 

‘You will stay in our hearts dear #Juanmanuel Retana,’ Chinchilla added.  

The US embassy said it was aware of the crash.

Sunday’s statement said there were 10 foreigners and two Costa Rican crew members aboard the plane belonging to Nature Air, which had taken off nearby. 

Nature Air could not immediately be reached for comment. 



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