Costa Rica News – Our prayers go out to the families of the victims of this tragedy.
A single-engine plane that crashed in Costa Rica on Sunday killed 12 people, including 10 Americans, officials said.
President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera tweeted that the plane’s two Costa Rican co-pilots also died in the crash, adding that there were no survivors.
The plane, which belonged to the Costa Rican airline Nature Air, carried 10 passengers and two crew members.
One of the pilots killed in the crash had been related to former Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla, who tweeted that one of the pilots who died was her cousin.
Multiple reports say the victims were from Scarsdale, New York, in Westchester County.
Witnesses say the Nature Air aircraft crashed in the mountains and burst into flames. Because the plane went down in a remote area, rescue workers could not respond to the crash in time.
Teletica reports that the plane’s pilots had been forced to land at another airport due to heavy winds earlier, causing them to delay their journey to Punta Islita.
It is unclear what caused the Sunday afternoon crash, which occurred in the Nandayure region of Guanacaste province.
Authorities said they would launch a full-scale investigation into the crash Monday after 12 p.m.
by KATHERINE RODRIGUEZ, Bretibart.com