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New York family of 5 among 10 Americans killed in Costa Rica plane crash

A New York family of five was among 12 people killed when a small plane crashed into a mountain shortly after taking off from a Costa Rican airport on Sunday, The New York Times reports. In addition to Bruce and Irene Steinberg of Scarsdale, New York, who were traveling with their three sons, five other Americans and two Costa Rican pilots also died when the Cessna plane crashed and burst into flames.

The Steinbergs were heading to Costa Rica's capital on the last leg of a trip that included a visit to the Pacific coast region, where lush forests and tropical beaches are popular with tourists. "They were the kind of people you would like to have many of," one relative told The New York Times. "They always did everything as a family."

Aviation officials could not immediately say what caused the crash.