A Cessna Caravan carrying ten American passengers and two Costa Rican crew crashed and burned in Costa Rica on New Year’s Eve, killing all on board. The passengers included Bruce and Irene Steinberg, of Scarsdale, New York. The other passengers were not identified but the State Department confirmed they were American. All that remained of the aircraft was a section of tail after the Nature Air planecrashed shortly after takeoff from Punta Islita, a popular tourism destination on the west coast of the country, just after noon. It was bound for the capital city of San Jose.
Witnesses Dawn and Matthew Wolfe told ABC News the plane went “sideways” before crashing into a forested area. First responders were on the scene in minutes but the fire had consumed the aircraft by then.“The government of Costa Rica deeply regrets the death of 10 American passengers and two Costa Rican pilots in the aircraft crash,” said Luis Guillermo Sols Rivera, the country’s president.