Within the weeks earlier than their household journey to Costa Rica, Bruce and Irene Steinberg of Scarsdsale, New York, informed family and friends how excited they have been to take their three sons on an journey by way of that nation’s lush forests and tropical seashores.
After visiting the Pacific coast, the Steinbergs have been headed on Sunday to Costa Rica’s capital for the final cease of their journey. However the single-engine aircraft carrying them, 5 different People and two Costa Rican pilots crashed that afternoon right into a mountain shortly after takeoff, killing everybody on board, the authorities stated.
The authorities in Guanacaste, a well-liked area on the Pacific coast for vacationers, responded to stories shortly after midday of smoke and flames rising from a wooded space close to Punta Islita Airport. Emergency responders discovered the charred wreckage of a Cessna aircraft operated by the regional airline Nature Air and the burned stays of those that had been on board.
“The federal government of Costa Rica deeply regrets the dying of 10 American passengers and two Costa Rican pilots within the plane crash,” Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, the nation’s president, stated in a Fb submit Sunday night.
The State Division stated it was conscious of the crash and was working with the aviation authorities in Costa Rica. “We categorical our condolences to all these affected by this tragedy,” a spokeswoman stated in an e-mail.
A sister of Steinberg confirmed Sunday night time in a Fb submit that her brother and his household had died within the crash. A relative who answered the telephone at Steinberg’s mother and father’ house in Florida confirmed that the Steinbergs lived in Scarsdale, a suburb north of New York Metropolis, with their sons William, Zachary and Matthew.
“They have been the sort of individuals you want to have lots of,” the relative stated earlier than saying she needed to grasp up. “They all the time did the whole lot as a household.”
Lyn Kaller, an in depth good friend of Irene Steinberg who additionally lives in Scarsdale, stated she discovered of the aircraft crash in a textual content message from a rabbi in Costa Rica on Sunday afternoon. “One thing occurred to the Steinbergs,” the rabbi wrote.
Kaller stated she instantly referred to as the person, who informed her that the aircraft the household was on had crashed after takeoff, however she didn’t consider him till her son discovered a information story on-line concerning the crash.
Within the hours after the crash, Kaller stated an official with a U.S. consulate in Costa Rica additionally contacted her concerning the crash. The Steinbergs had many buddies in…