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Twelve Killed in Costa Rica Plane Crash on New Year’s Eve

Ten Americans and two Costa Rican pilots died after their plane crashed into a hill shortly after taking off in Punta Islita, Costa Rica. Two doctors from Clearwater, Florida and their children were killed in the crash. A couple from Scarsdale, New York and their three children were also killed. In addition, a 33-year old travel guide who led tours into Costa Rica also died in the crash. The single-engine Cessna 208B Grand Caravan was travelling from Punta Islita to San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. Investigators are in the process of determining why the plane went down shortly after taking off. Possible causes that are currently being considered include strong winds, mechanical failure and human error. The Cessna belonged to Nature Air, an airline based in San Jose, Costa Rica. Airplanes used for services in Costa Rica may undergo maintenance in Miami, Florida. Parts used in the airplanes…
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