12 killed in Costa Rica plane crash
Published: 04:00 PM, 1 January 2018 Updated: 11:16 AM, 2 January 2018
12 people including 10 US citizens were killed in a plane crash in the forest hill near the coastal area of Costa Rica.
The country`s government said on Sunday that two other local pilots were killed in the incident.
The accident occurred near the town of Punta Islita, a beach town in Guanacaste province which is about 230 kilometers west from Costa Rica`s capital San Jose.
Director of the Civil Aviation Agency of Costa Rica Enio Kubilo said that the local company Nature Air Cesena 208B Grand Caravan plane crashed shortly after the flight.
The agency officials said they could not ascertain the cause of the accident until they received the full report.
Kubilo said that the aircraft was allowed to fly one month before its safety passed.
On the morning of the incident, pilots were forced to change the itinerary because of the strong winds, but safely reached Punta Isla from San Jose. The plane was supposed to return to the capital with passengers from the beach.
Earlier, another aircraft from Nature Air reached San Jose safely at 11.40 am with 10 passengers from Punta Isla. After 20 minutes, the accident took place with 10 passengers and two pilots.
In a statement, Costa Rica`s security minister, Gustavo Mata, said no ascetic survived. He said autopsy would be needed to determine the identity of the dead and their total number as the body was severely burned.
In a tweet former President of Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla said that his cousin (one of two pilots) was killed in the accident.
US foreign ministry official said several US citizens were killed in that plane crash.