USA citizens killed in Costa Rica plane crash


A charter plane carrying ten US citizens crashed Sunday in Costa Rica, killing everyone onboard, that country's government announced.

A U.S. State Department spokesperson told CBS News that they are aware of the crash and are monitoring the situation.

Smoke rises from wreckage after a plane crashed in the mountainous area of Punta Islita, in the province of Guanacaste, in Costa Rica December 31, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media.

"We express our condolences to all those affected by this tragedy", the spokesperson said.

The ministry also said later that 10 foreigners were passengers aboard the plane, which was flown by two Costa Rican pilots.

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The plane belonged to Nature Air and had taken off nearby, according to authorities.

The reason for the crash is not yet known. They said the plane took a nose dive and crashed within minutes after takeoff.

"When I saw it sideways, I thought, 'Oh, is this a plane doing a trick?' I thought, and then I went, 'Wait, that's a big plane to do a trick, ' and then it".

The plane was believed to be carrying 10 passengers, at least five of whom shared the same last name, and two pilots.