At least 12 die in plane crash in Costa Rica

01 January, 2018, 04:25 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Ricas Civil Aviation press office shows the site of a plane crash in Punta Islita Guanacaste Costa Rica Sunday Dec. 31 2017

The plane crashed just moments after takeoff from Punta Islita Airport, according to officials and witnesses.

The Public Safety Ministry posted photographs of the crash site showing the burning wreckage of the plane in Guanacaste, northwest Costa Rica.

"The official said "we express condolences to all those affected by this tragedy", as well as assistance to "affected U.S. citizens, but that "out of respect for the families, we are not sharing additional information at this time."Costa Rican officials said the plane that came down belonged to Nature Air, a domestic airline that services routes across the country and which also provides aircraft for charter".

"We express our condolences to all those affected by this tragedy", the spokesperson said.

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

The State Department declined to identify the people on board, "out of respect for their families". The spokesperson would not confirm the nationalities of those on board.

Cubillo said the cause was under investigation.

"The government vows to do everything necessary to help the victims' family members in whatever they need in this hard moment and sends them the solidarity of all the Costa Rican people", Solis said. They said the plane took a nose dive and crashed within minutes after takeoff.

The plane went down in a heavily wooded area. The other two killed are local crewmembers.



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