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

January 4, 2018
Colson Hicks Eidson

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 may also be purchased in Miami.

Colson Hicks Eidson has extensive experience with cases involving international aviation crashes. Our law firm has handled cases involving plane crashes in Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, the Bahamas and throughout Latin America. We have taken on cases against commercial carriers, maintenance facilities, manufacturers of aircraft parts and other aviation companies. In a recent case handled by our firm, we filed a lawsuit against Caribbean Airlines after a 2011 crash in Guyana left our client with substantial physical and psychological injuries. A verdict is pending.

Colson Hicks Eidson has aviation accident attorneys that speak fluent Spanish. You could speak to one of our attorneys at no cost to discover your eligibility for filing a lawsuit against the airliner or other parties. To reach our attorneys, you may call 305-476-7400 or you could fill out the online contact form on our website.