Ten Americans dead after plane crashes in Costa Rica

A dozen people were killed when a small plane crashed in northwest Costa Rica Sunday afternoon.

Among the dead were 10 American passengers, including five family members.

The victims were identified as Irene, 51, and Bruce Steinberg, 50, and their children Matthew, William and Zachary, 19, from Scarsdale, New York.

Mitchell, Leslie and Hannah Weiss, a family from Belleair, Florida, were also killed, as well as Amanda Geissler and Gene Szeto.

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Twelve people were killed when the small plane crashed Sunday afternoon.


“The government of Costa Rica deeply regrets the death of 10 American passengers and two Costa Rican pilots,” President Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera said in a statement.

Video posted by the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Security shows the Nature Air plane downed in a wooded area and engulfed in flames.

The State Department confirmed the deaths in a statement to the Daily News Sunday evening.

“We express our condolences to all those affected by this tragedy. We are in contact with Costa Rican aviation authorities and will continue to monitor the situation,” a spokesperson said.

“The protection of U.S. citizens overseas is one of the highest priorities for the State Department. We stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance to affected U.S. citizens.”

The flight went down near Punta Islita in the Guanacaste province.


Ten American passengers were aboard the flight.


According to the Aviation Safety Network, the plane was a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, which typically seat between 10 and 14 people.

The cause of the crash has not yet been identified.

Former Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla announced on Twitter that her cousin, Juan Manuel Retana, was a pilot on the flight.

Nature Air did not immediately return a request for comment.

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