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Costa Rica suspends airline amid probe of fatal plane crash

From Reuters - January 12, 2018

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Costa Ricas civil aviation agency suspended local airline Nature Air on Friday, two weeks after one of its small planes crashed near a tourist beach, killing two Costa Rican pilots and 10 U.S. citizens.

Ennio Cubillo, director of the civil aviation agency, informed Nature Air in a letter that it preventatively suspended all operations because several key employees were no longer with the company.

It doesnt directly have to do with the accident, said a civil aviation source who declined to be named because the investigation is still proceeding.

Nature Airs pilot training director died in the crash on New Years Eve near the Punta Islita beach town about 140 miles (230 km) west of the capital, San Jose. The co-pilot was also killed, along with a family of five from New York.

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