Costa Rica plane crash probe could take months: aviation chief

From Reuters - January 4, 2018

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - It could take months to determine the cause of a plane crash in Costa Rica that killed 12 people because the aircraft was badly burned and lacked a flight data recorder, the director of the countrys civil aviation agency told Reuters on Thursday.

Enio Cubillo also said that experts from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board came to Costa Rica on Thursday to assist the investigation, along with staff from the Federal Aviation Administration and Cessna, which made the plane.

He added that experts are analyzing weather conditions at the time of the crash last Sunday as well as possible mechanical failures and human error.

It doesnt necessarily have to be a single cause, he said. This could take several months.

The accident took place near the Punta Islita beach town, about 230 km (140 miles) west of the capital of San Jose.

Because Punta Islitas small airfield lacks a control tower, the planes status at the time of the crash was unknown, Cubillo said. It was not required to carry a black box flight data recorder because it had fewer than 19 passengers.

Ten U.S. citizens and two Costa Rican pilots, both of whom were experienced fliers, died in the incident, Cubillo said.


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