Costa Rica plane crash horror: Ten US tourists including a family of five killed

EPAREUTERSTen US tourists including a family of five were killed plane crash in Costa Rica

According to local authorities, the single-engine plane carrying 10 Americans and two Costa Rican pilots crashed into a mountain shortly after takeoff on Sunday afternoon, killing everyone on board.

The Nature Air single-propeller Cessna 208 Caravan is understood to have been travelling from the capital San José to the resort of Punta Islita but it is unclear what caused the crash.

The incident happened in a mountainous area near Bejuco in Guanacaste province.

The plane had passed a safety inspection about a month ago and was authorised to fly, Cubillo said. Although strong winds in the morning had forced the pilots to alter their itinerary, they had flown safely to Punto Islita to pick up passengers headed to San Jose.

Nature Air said the flight was part of a special charter

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