Cessna 208B Grand Caravan operated by Costa Rica’s Nature Air has crashed in Guanacaste province in northwestern Costa Rica.
10 American passengers and two Costa Rican flight crew died in the crash, says Costa Rica’s president Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera.
Costa Rica’s President expressed his condolences on Twitter.
El Gobierno lamenta accidente aéreo y ofrece colaboración a familiares de víctimas pic.twitter.com/hIdobAzlhh
— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) December 31, 2017
The accident took place shortly after the charter flight took off from Punta Islita for San Jose, say reports. Solis says authorities received the first alert of the crash at 12:13.
Photos posted by Costa Rica’s public security ministry show the burning wreckage of the Caravan in a wooded area, with only parts of the aircraft’s wing and tail still intact
The Grand Caravan was built in 2001 and registered TI-BEI.