12 killed in fiery plane crash in Costa Rica

12 killed in fiery plane crash in Costa Rica

Punta Islita, on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast, is popular among North American and European tourists for its pristine beaches and lush landscape.

Costa Rican authorities said a plane crash there killed 12 people on Sunday, including 10 United States citizens, the Associated Press and Reuters reported, citing Costa Rican government officials.

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"The government of Costa Rica profoundly regrets the deaths of 10 U.S. passengers and Costa Rican pilots in the air accident", which occurred in the country's northwestern Guanacaste region, Solis said in a statement posted to social networks.

A plane crashed in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, in the Punta Islita area, December 31, 2017.

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The country's Ministry of Public Security said in a statement that the aircraft went down in Guanacaste, a province in the country's northwestern corner popular with global tourists. "We express our condolences to all those affected by this tragedy". Authorities did not immediately release the names of the victims. According to Costa Rican authorities, 10 of those passengers were U.S. citizens.

Enio Cubillo, head of Costa Rica Civil Aviation, announced during a news conference that the Nature Air charter flight took off from Punta Islita and was flying towards the capital of San Jose when it crashed in northwest Costa Rica around 12:30 p.m., the news wire reported. The other two killed are local crewmembers.

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