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Americans Among 12 Killed in Fiery Plane Crash in Costa Rica

Americans Among 12 Killed in Fiery Plane Crash in Costa Rica

- Costa Rican authorities say 12 people are dead in a plane crash and 10 of the passengers were USA citizens.

The plane crashed just moments after takeoff fron Punta Islita Airport, according to officials and witnesses.

The ministry also said later that 10 foreigners were passengers aboard the plane, which was flown by two Costa Rican pilots.

"It is a private plane with 10 foreign passengers and two local crew members", a separate security ministry statement said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash, which occurred early Sunday afternoon in Nandayure, a region in Costa Rica's Guanacaste province. "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", the spokesperson said in a statement to CBS News.

It is not yet known what caused 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. They said within minutes after takeoff the plane took a nose dive and crashed.

The plane went down in a heavily wooded area.


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