Cause of crash that left 10 Americans and 2 local pilots dead not yet known, says security ministry
The cause of the crash was not yet known, the country's security ministry said. It took place in the mountainous area of Punta Islita, which is popular with tourists, in the province of Guanacaste, about 230 kilometres west of the capital of San Jose.
Smoke rises from the site of a plane crash in Punta Islita, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Sunday. A government statement said the plane belonged to Nature Air and had taken off nearby. (The Associated Press)
Enio Cubillo, director of Costa Rica's civil aviation agency, told local media that the deceased included 10 foreign tourists and two Costa Rican pilots for the aircraft, which was operated by local company Nature Air.