Plane Crashes And Burns In Costa Rica, Killing All 12 Aboard


All 12 people aboard a Nature Air flight were killed when the place crashed and burned in northwestern Costa Rica on Sunday, officials said.

The aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from Punta Islita Airport around 10:30 a.m. CST, reported local news outlet La Nacion. The plane had two Costa Rican pilots and 10 foreign passengers.

Costa Rica’s Ministry of Safety shared footage of the wreckage burning in a wooded area of Guanacaste, roughly 130 miles northwest of San José.

A family of five who had been vacationing in Costa Rica was reportedly killed. Bruce Steinberg, Irene Steinberg, Matthew Steinberg, William Steinberg, and Zachary Steinberg were identified among the deceased.

Former Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla Miranda tweeted that her cousin, Juan Manuel Retana, was one of the pilots who died in the crash. 

The other six people killed have been identified as pilot Emma Ramos, Charles Palmer, Thibault Astruc, Amanda Geissler, Lelie Weiss, and Sherry Wuu.

Nature Air is an airline based in San José. It is the largest private charter operator in Central America and became the world’s first carbon neutral airline in 2004, according to the company’s site.

A representative for Nature Air did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.



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