Ten Americans flying from a vacation hotspot on Costa Rica’s tropical Pacific coast died yesterday, Sunday when the small plane they boarded crashed and burst into flames shortly after take-off.
A list of the passengers given by local media showed five shared the same last name, suggesting they were related.
“The government of Costa Rica profoundly regrets the deaths of 10 US passengers and two Costa Rican pilots in the air accident,” which occurred in the country’s northwestern Guanacaste region, Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis said in a statement posted to social media.
A US State Department official said: “We confirm the deaths of multiple US citizens in an airplane crash in Costa Rica,” adding that assistance was being provided to the affected Americans.
Costa Rican officials revealed that the plane that came down belonged to Nature Air, a domestic airline that services routes across the country and also provides aircraft for charter.
Guanacaste is a popular vacation destination, especially this time of year, when its pristine beaches and jungle provide a respite for tourists fleeing the northern hemisphere’s winter.