At least 12 die in Costa Rica plane crash

At least 12 die in Costa Rica plane crash

Two Costa Rican crew members and 10 foreigners were on board, the ministry said.

"We can confirm the death of multiple U.S. citizens in an airplane crash in Costa Rica on December 31, 2017", a U.S. State Department spokesperson said.

The private aircraft, a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan registered as TI-BEI, was part of Nature Air's fleet, officials said.

Costa Rica's President expressed his condolences on Twitter. Its debris was scattered across a wooded mountain close to the beach town of Punta Islita.

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

He said the cause of the crash was under investigation. The process of recovering the bodies continued into the night in Costa Rica.

Costa Rican officals have confirmed there were no survivors.

He identified the pilot as Juan Manuel Retana and described him as very experienced.

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Laura Chinchilla, the former president of Costa Rica tweeted that her cousin, who was one of the crew members, died in the crash.

A plane crashed in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, in the Punta Islita area, December 31, 2017.

This time of year is particularly busy in Costa Rica's coastal resort areas, which are especially popular with Americans looking to flee freezing weather conditions at home in search of tropical climates.

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