A plane crashed in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, in the Punta Islita area, December 31, 2017.
The plane was carrying five other US citizens and two local crewmembers when it crashed in a wooded area, killing everyone on board, authorities said.
The ministry also said later that 10 foreigners were passengers aboard the plane, which was flown by two Costa Rican pilots.
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It said the plane had taken off nearby.
Hidalgo published images of the crash site, showing flaming wreckage strewn across the terrain.
"We can confirm the death of multiple U.S. citizens in an airplane crash in Costa Rica on December 31, 2017", a U.S. State Department spokesperson said. According to Costa Rican authorities, 10 of those passengers were USA citizens.
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The cause of the crash was not yet known, the country's security ministry said. They said within minutes after takeoff the plane took a nose dive and crashed.
The aircraft was carrying 10 American tourists and two Costa Rican pilots, when the plane crashed in the mountainous region of Punta Islita, about 140 miles west of its destination, the capital of San José.
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