NEW YORK (CBS) Authorities are looking into the cause of a deadly plane crash in Costa Rica Sunday that killed 10 American citizens plus the two pilots. Among the victims was a family of five on vacation from New York.
Costa Rica's public safety ministry posted video of the plane's burning wreckage. Officials say the charter flight was on its way from a resort beach town to the capital, San Jose, Sunday afternoon when it crashed into a mountain shortly after takeoff. All 10 American passengers and the two pilots were killed.
Among the victims were a family of five: Bruce Steinberg, his wife, Irene, and their three sons. They were on vacation from Scarsdale, New York, a suburb of New York City.
"It's so devastating because they're great people," a neighbor said. "And the kids are great and I feel like they're the family you want to emulate."
The director of Costa Rica's civil aviation agency said the Cessna was operated by Nature Air and had passed a safety inspection about a month ago and was authorized to fly. He says strong winds had delayed the plane's landing when it arrived that morning.
A former president of Costa Rica says one of the pilots was her cousin.