'Multiple' Americans killed in Costa Rica plane crash

Ricas Civil Aviation press office shows the site of a plane crash in Punta Islita Guanacaste Costa Rica Sunday Dec. 31 2017

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

A statement from the ministry said 10 foreign passengers and two Costa Rican crew members were aboard the plane belonging to Nature Air. "We express our condolences to all those affected by this tragedy".

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The aircraft, a single-propellor Cessna 208 Caravan, came down in a mountainous area near the Pacific coastal beach town of Punta Islita in the country's Guanacaste peninsula, the spokesman, Carlos Hidalgo, said on his Facebook page. According to Costa Rican authorities, 10 of those passengers were USA citizens.

Authorities said although they have the names of the passengers form flight manifest, they are waiting to officially confirm the identities of the victims, The Associated Press reported.

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It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.

A plane crashed in Costa Rica on Sunday, killing all 12 people on board.

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Enio Cubillo, director of Costa Rica Civil Aviation, said at a news conference that the Nature Air pilot, Juan Manuel Retana, was very experienced. They said within minutes after takeoff the plane took a nose dive and crashed.

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