12 people, including 10 US citizens, killed in fiery plane crash in Costa Rica

  • A plane crashed in Costa Rica on Sunday, killing all 12 people on board. According to Costa Rican authorities, 10 of those passengers were US citizens.
  • The crash happened near Punta Islita in the Guanacaste province, according to Costa Rican officials who posted images of the burning wreckage amid a thicket of trees.
  • It was not immediately clear what caused the crash. The identities of all the passengers were not immediately known.

Costa Rican authorities said a plane crash there killed 12 people on Sunday, including 10 US citizens, the Associated Press and Reuters reported, citing Costa Rican government officials. It happened near Punta Islita in the country’s Guanacaste province, about 140 miles west of the capital San José.

The plane went down in a heavily wooded area. Photos released by the country’s security ministry show the burning wreckage among a thicket of trees.

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

“There are no people alive,” Security Minister Gustavo Mata said, adding that autopsies would be needed to confirm the total number and identities of victims because their remains were badly burned.

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