Ten Americans killed in Costa Rica plane crash

Ten Americans killed in Costa Rica plane crash

A small plane crash Sunday in northwest Costa Rica killed 12 people, including 10 U.S. citizens, officials said. 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.

The Cessna 208B, operated by Nature Air, had taken off from Punta Islita Resort, in Nandayure, and was on its way to the capital San Jose.

The U.S. State Department said it was working with Costa Rican authorities to determine if the plane carried U.S. citizens.

The cause of the crash was not known.

Costa Rica's President expressed his condolences on Twitter.

Solis said in his statement that his government "gives its commitment to do everything necessary to work with the relatives of the victims to give them what they need in this hard moment".

Costa Rican officals have confirmed there were no survivors.

The same plane had arrived in Punta Islita on Sunday morning from San Jose and was delayed in landing by strong winds, Cubillo said.

The passengers had paid $2,300 for their flight, it said.

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

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