10 Tourists, Including American Family of 5, Die in Costa Rica Plane Crash: Reports

Jack Phillips
By Jack Phillips
December 31, 2017US News
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10 Tourists, Including American Family of 5, Die in Costa Rica Plane Crash: Reports
This photo released by Costa Rica's Civil Aviation press office shows the site of a plane crash in Punta Islita, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (Costa Rica's Ministry of Public Security via AP)

Five Americans were reportedly among 10 tourists who were killed in a plane crash in the Costa Rica mountains on Sunday, according to reports.

The Costa Rican government said that the plane had 12 people on board before it crashed in a wooded area, CNN reported. There were two Costa Rican crew members on the plane.

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The Costa Rican government said that the plane had 12 people on board before it crashed in a wooded area. (Costa Rica’s Ministry of Public Security)

“There are no people alive,” Security Minister Gustavo Mata said. Autopsies are pending to confirm the victims’ identities, reported Diario Las Americos and the Daily Mail.

The two publications also reported that the American family of five on board the aircraft was Bruce Steinberg, Irene Steinberg, Matthew Steinberg, William Steinberg, and Zachary Steinberg. They’re reportedly from New York.

 

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There were no survivors. (Costa Rica’s Ministry of Public Security)

Costa Rica’s Ministry of Public Security also posted images of the plane on its Facebook page, showing the flame-engulfed wreck

The crash took place near Punta Islita, in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste province, officials told CNN.

The cause of the crash is not clear.

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The cause of the crash is not yet known. (Costa Rica’s Ministry of Public Security)

Costa Rica’s former president, Laura Chinchilla, wrote that a crew member, Juan Manuel Retana, was her cousin.

“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. You will stay in our hearts dear #Juanmanuel Retana,” Chinchilla tweeted, according to a translation from Spanish.

 

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