1/02/2018

Family of 5 Killed In Plane Crash From New York to Costa Rica


A family of five killed on a plane from New York to Costa Rica among 10 American tourists on sunday,killing everyone on board, officials said. According to Huffpost;

The Nature Air flight crashed into a mountain around noon local time, shortly after taking off from Punta Islita Airport. Aviation officials are continuing to investigate what caused the crash.
Costa Rica’s Ministry of Safety shared footage of the wreckage burning in a wooded area of Guanacaste, roughly 130 miles northwest of San José.
A family of five from Scarsdale, New York, was vacationing in Costa Rica when they were all killed in the crash. Bruce and Irene Steinberg, along with their sons Matthew, William and Zachary, were headed to San José for the final leg of their trip.
“We are in utter shock and disbelief right now,” Tamara Steinberg Jacobson, Bruce Steinberg’s sister, wrote in a Facebook post Sunday.

Bruce Steinberg worked in investment banking and Irene Steinberg volunteered for various nonprofit organizations, reported The New York Times. Matthew was an eighth-grader at a private school, while William and Zachary were college students at the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University, respectively.
Mitchell and Leslie Weiss of Belleair, Florida, along with two children Hannah and Ari, also perished in Sunday’s crash, CNN reported.
Former Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla Miranda tweeted that her cousin, Juan Manuel Retana, was one of the pilots who died in the crash.
Authorities obtained a list of passengers provided by the airline, but were awaiting official confirmation of their identities, reported The Associated Press.
Aviation officials were continuing to investigate what caused the crash, Enio Cubillo, director of Costa Rica Civil Aviation, said during a news conference. Strong winds delayed the plane’s arrival into Punta Islita Airport earlier in the day, Cubillo said.
Nature Air is an airline based in San José. It is the largest private charter operator in Central America and became the world’s first carbon neutral airline in 2004, according to the company’s site. 
So sad.