A plane crashed in Costa Rica on Sunday (Dec 31), killing at least 12 people, a lot of them foreign tourists, the country's security ministry said.
The newspaper reported the plane had taken off from the capital San Jose at 11:37 am (1737 GMT) for the small sealed airstrip in Punta Islita, where the tourists boarded.
Costa Rica's Public Safety Ministry posted pictures of the crash on its Facebook page, showing burning wreckage in a wooded area.
"We express our condolences to all those affected by this tragedy", the spokesperson said.
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The plane belonged to Nature Air and had taken off nearby, according to authorities. According to Costa Rican authorities, 10 of those passengers were United States citizens. The spokesperson would not confirm the nationalities of those on board.
Authorities said they were focusing on recovering the victims' bodies and would begin an investigation into the cause of the crash first thing Monday.
Cubillo also reportedly described the pilot, Juan Manuel Retana, as an experienced professional.
"The government vows to do everything necessary to help the victims' family members in whatever they need in this hard moment and sends them the solidarity of all the Costa Rican people", Solis said. I mean, it. We just.