Americans Dead In Costa Rica Plane Crash

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Costa Rica's Public Safety Ministry posted pictures of the crash on its Facebook page, showing burning wreckage in a wooded area.

A small plane crash Sunday in northwest Costa Rica killed 12 people, including 10 United States citizens, officials said.

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"The government of Costa Rica profoundly regrets the deaths of 10 United States passengers and Costa Rican pilots in the air accident", which occurred in the country's northwestern Guanacaste region, Solis said in a statement posted to social networks.

"The government vows to do everything necessary to help the victims' family members in whatever they need in this hard moment and sends them the solidarity of all the Costa Rican people", Solis said. "We are in contact with Costa Rican aviation authorities and will continue to monitor the situation", the spokesperson said in a statement to CBS News.

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The same plane had arrived in Punta Islita on Sunday morning from San Jose and was delayed in landing by strong winds, Cubillo said.

"There are no people alive", Security Minister Gustavo Mata said, adding that autopsies would be needed to confirm the identities of the victims because their remains were badly burned.

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"It is a private plane with 10 foreign passengers and two local crew members", a separate security ministry statement said.