SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — Costa Rican investigators are wanting into what prompted a constitution plane to crash in woods within the nation’s northwest quickly after takeoff, killing two crewmembers and 10 U.S. residents, together with households from New York and Florida.
The households from Scarsdale, N.Y., and Belleair, Florida, accounted for 9 of the lifeless. It remained unclear who the tenth sufferer was.
Costa Rican officers had stated they have been nonetheless in search of to determine the names of the People who died when the Nature Air aircraft went down at noon Sunday in Guanacaste.
However again at house, surprised household and associates started to verify the victims’ identities.
A household within the suburbs of New York Metropolis stated 5 of the lifeless have been relations on trip. They recognized them as Bruce and Irene Steinberg and their sons Matthew, William and Zachary, all of Scarsdale.
“We’re in utter shock and disbelief proper now,” Bruce Steinberg’s sister, Tamara Steinberg Jacobson, wrote on Fb.
Rabbi Jonathan Blake of the Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale stated in a press release posted on the temple’s Fb web page and emailed to The Related Press that the Steinbergs have been concerned in philanthropy and native Jewish teams. “This tragedy hits our group very arduous,” Blake wrote.
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Rabbi Jacob Luski of Congregation B’nai Israel stated Monday that victims’ kin had knowledgeable him that 4 members of his congregation have been additionally on the aircraft.
“It’s a tragedy that the Drs. Mitchell Weiss and Leslie Weiss and their two youngsters, Hannah and Ari, died in that horrible crash,” he stated. “They have been an exquisite household who can be missed.”
At a information convention Sunday, Enio Cubillo, director of Costa Rica Civil Aviation, stated the Nature Air constitution crashed shortly after taking off simply after midday Sunday from Punta Islita on a deliberate flight to the capital of San Jose. He stated investigators have been wanting into attainable causes.
Cubillo recognized the pilot as Juan Manuel Retana and described him as very skilled. Former Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla stated by way of Twitter that Retana was her cousin.
The identical aircraft had arrived in Punta Islita on Sunday morning from San Jose and was delayed in touchdown by robust winds, Cubillo stated.
Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera provided his condolences to the households of the victims by way of Twitter and stated the reason for the crash can be…