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American Jewish family killed in Costa Rica plane crash
Charter aircraft goes down in Guanacaste, killing two crewmembers and 10 Americans, five of whom were identified as Bruce and Irene Steinberg and their sons Matthew, William and Zachary of Scarsdale, NY; rabbi says the family was involved in philanthropy and local Jewish groups.

An American Jewish family was killed on Sunday when a charter aircraft crashed in woods in Costa Rica's northwest soon after takeoff.

 

 

Costa Rican investigators said Sunday evening that they were still seeking to establish the names of the 10 Americans who died when the plane went down at midday in Guanacaste. They said Nature Air had provided a passenger list, but the names on it had not been confirmed. Two local crewmembers were also killed in the crash.  

 

Crash site in Costa Rica    (צילום: רויטרס)

Crash site in Costa Rica   (Video: Reuters)

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A family in the suburbs of New York City said five of the dead Americans were relatives on vacation. They identified them as Bruce and Irene Steinberg and their sons Matthew, William and Zachary, all of Scarsdale.

 

Scene of the crash (Photo: EPA)
Scene of the crash (Photo: EPA)

 

"We are in utter shock and disbelief right now," Bruce Steinberg's sister, Tamara Steinberg Jacobson, wrote on Facebook. She also confirmed the deaths in an interview with NBC News.

 

Scene of the crash (Photo: AFP)
Scene of the crash (Photo: AFP)

 

Rabbi Jonathan Blake of the Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale said in a statement posted on the temple's Facebook page and emailed to The Associated Press that the Steinbergs were involved in philanthropy and local Jewish groups. "This tragedy hits our community very hard," Blake wrote.

 

The Steinbergs
The Steinbergs

 

At a news conference, Enio Cubillo, director of Costa Rica Civil Aviation, said the Nature Air charter flight crashed shortly after taking off just after noon Sunday from Punta Islita on a planned flight to the capital of San Jose. He said investigators were looking into possible causes.

The Steinbergs
The Steinbergs

 

Cubillo identified the pilot as Juan Manuel Retana and described him as very experienced. Former Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla said via Twitter that Retana was her cousin.

 

Scene of the crash (Photo: AFP)
Scene of the crash (Photo: AFP)

 

Scene of the crash (Photo: AFP)
Scene of the crash (Photo: AFP)

 

The same plane had arrived in Punta Islita on Sunday morning from San Jose and was delayed in landing by strong winds, Cubillo said.

 

Nature Air did not respond to phone and email messages.

 


פרסום ראשון: 01.01.18, 10:11
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