Gold’s Gym owner and 5 others feared dead after plane crash off the coast of Costa Rica killing co-pilot
By Kevin Johnson
1 July 2017
At 2 p.m. on Monday, police in the coastal town of San Miguel de la Maguana confirmed that the pilot and three of the seven passengers on board had died and that the other two passengers were missing. The Federal Civil Aviation Authority confirmed the plane crash off the coast of the Central American country. The crash was likely the result of a weather front called La Niña.
In the hours after the missing flight left El Calafate airport, news spread that two of the passengers had died in the crash. Police said that the body of the missing passenger, a 36-year-old man, had been found in the water on Tuesday morning, although they did not release any information about his identity.
The crash occurred at a remote fishing area in the province of Limón, near the town of San Pedro. The coast of Costa Rica is only accessible by air, a trip of several hours by land. The town of Limón is also the site of a resort. The area surrounding the resort at San Pedro is an industrial park that is used by major international companies. The area is sparsely populated.
The plane crashed at 8:30 p.m. local time. Two of the passengers were Costa Rican nationals. One of them was a 32-year old man, from Cartago in the Costa Rican province of Guanacaste, who died in the crash. His name has not been released. He was scheduled to arrive at the resort at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening. The second victim was a 40-year-old man, also from Cartago, who was an American citizen. His name has not been confirmed. The man was scheduled to arrive at the resort at 8:15 p.m. that same evening.
On Monday morning, Costa Rican radio station Radio Corazón reported that there were about 50 people on board. The Costa Rican airline LAN Airlines confirmed the death of the pilot, but could not confirm the presence of the other passengers.
The news about the plane crash on Monday morning was received in the United States too late to affect public stock markets and commodity markets. The crash was