Americans Dead In Costa Rica Plane Crash

Glen Norman
January 1, 2018

A charter plane carrying ten USA citizens crashed Sunday in Costa Rica, killing everyone onboard, that country's government announced.

Sunday's statement says there were 10 foreigners and two Costa Rican crew members aboard the plane belonging to Nature Air, which had taken off nearby. "We express our condolences to all those affected by this tragedy".

The State Department declined to identify the people on board, "out of respect for their families".

Solis said the government plans to open an investigation on Monday too look into the cause of the crash that left 12 people dead.

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

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

Authorities said that so far they had only a list of passengers provided by the airline and were awaiting official confirmation of their identities.

The plane went down in a heavily wooded area.

Former Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla said on Twitter that her cousin was one of the victims killed in the crash.

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