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US to Aid in Investigation of Costa Rica Plane Crash That Killed New York Family

Bruce and Irene Steinberg and their three sons, Matthew, William and Zachary, perished in the crash

What to Know

  • Bruce and Irene Steinberg and their three sons were killed while vacationing in Costa Rica
  • The family was apparently on a sightseeing trip when the plane they were on crashed
  • They are from Scarsdale, about 25 miles north of New York City

Costa Rican authorities say United States aviation officials and the maker of the plane that crashed killing all 12 people aboard, including a mom, dad and their three sons from Scarsdale, will collaborate in the accident investigation.

Civil Aviation director Enio Cubillo says his U.S. counterparts and representatives from Cessna are expected to arrive Wednesday.

Five family members from Westchester were among 10 Americans killed when a plane crashed in Costa Rica, family members say. Ida Siegal reports.

Sunday's crash of the Nature Air charter in Guanacaste killed two Costa Rican pilots, nine members of two U.S. families and their trip leader from the Backroads travel company. It's believed Bruce and Irene Steinberg, and their teenage sons, Matthew, William and Zachary, were on a sightseeing tour at the time.

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The plane crashed in a wooded area in northwest Costa Rica.

Cubillo said Tuesday authorities are collecting the plane's wreckage.

He says the plane took off from a private air strip and there was no communication between the pilot and a control tower.

Authorities are investigating whether strong winds or some sort of mechanical failure was responsible.

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Bruce and Irene Steinberg, and their teenage sons, Matthew, William and Zachary, were killed.
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