Costa Rica plane crash leaves 10 US citizens, 2 local residents dead, officials say
Updated Dec 31, 2017 7:19 PM EST
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — A plane carrying 10 U.S. citizens and two local residents crashed in a wooded area, killing everyone on board Sunday, Costa Rican authorities said Sunday. The Public Safety Ministry posted images and video of the crash site on Facebook showing burning wreckage of the plane in Guanacaste, northwest Costa Rica.
A U.S. State Department spokesperson told CBS News that they are aware of the crash and are monitoring the situation. “We express our condolences to all those affected by this tragedy,” the spokesperson said.
A statement from the ministry said 10 foreign passengers and two Costa Rican crew members were aboard the plane belonging to Nature Air. It said the plane had taken off nearby. Authorities did not immediately release the names of the victims.
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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