Costa Rica plane crash kills 12, including 10 visitors


A small plane carrying ten foreign passengers and two local crew members crashed and burst into flames in a wooded area in Costa Rica, killing everyone on board, the government reported Sunday.

The Central American nation’s Public Safety Ministry posted photographs and video of the crash site showing burning wreckage of a plane in Guanacaste, northwest Costa Rica. All that was left of the plane was a charred, smoldering mass of fiery debris.

The plane had taken off from a local runway and was heading to the Juan Santamaria International Airport.

The Costa Rica Star reported that the Nature Air aircraft had problems shortly after takeoff, crashed in the mountains and immediately caught fire, according to witnesses.

Rescue teams could not arrive at the scene quickly because it was in a remote area. Officers in the area confirmed that nobody survived the crash.

The victims were not immediately identified.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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