10 Americans die in fiery plane crash in Costa Rica

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Ten Americans and two crew members died after a plane crashed in Costa Rica on Sunday, officials said.

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís said an investigation would begin Monday into what caused the aircraft to go down shortly after 12 p.m (1 p.m. ET) in Guanacaste, a province popular with international tourists.

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Guillermo Solís didn’t identify the victims. He said the plane belonged to a Costa Rican airline, Nature Air.

In a brief interview with NBC News, Tamara Jacobson said that her brother, Bruce Steinberg, and four other family members were among the dead. She named them as Irene, Matthew, William and Zachary.

Jacobson said the “amazing” family had recently celebrated the birthdays of three generations of relatives.

“We are in utter shock and disbelief right now,” Jacobson added on Facebook.

Rabbi Jonathan Blake of the Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York, described the family as very involved in local Jewish groups and charities and said that “this tragedy hits the community very hard.”

In a Facebook statement, he added: “I know there will be much more to say in the coming days, and that so many of us want to do everything we can to express our grief and to show support for their bereaved family.”

Laura Chinchilla, a former president of Costa Rica, wrote on Twitter that her cousin, Juan Manuel Retana, was also among the dead.

“You will remain in our beloved heart,” she said.

Image: Costa Rica Plane Crash

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  • RalphJ_Kramden

    And the ignorance of US journalism marches towards the bottom. 12 Americans died not 10—10 were from the USA and the other two Americans were from Costa Rica. Are journalists in Exceptionalstan familiar with basic, elementary geography?
    Why were 12 people crammed into a single-engine plane? How come our intrepid if geographically-challenged reporters didn’t even question that?