A family of five Americans vacationing in Costa Rica was among the victims of a New Year’s Eve plane crash that killed all 12 people on board, Fox News reported.
The small plane carrying 10 American tourists and two local crew members crashed and burst into flames in a wooded area in in Guanacaste, northwest Costa Rica, the government reported Sunday.
Five of the victims were identified as Americans Bruce, Irene, Matthew, William and Zachary Steinberg, Diario Las Americas reported.
Other victims were identified by Costa Rica Hoy as Thibault Astruc, Amanda Geissler, Charles Palmer, Leslie Weiss, Sherry Wuu and pilots Emma Ramos and Juan Manuel Retana.
The Steinbergs were residents of Scarsdale, NY, the NY Post reported.
Bruce Steinberg was a Yale-educated lawyer and his wife was active with the UJA-Federation of New York.
In 2015, she chaired the annual campaign kickoff of the organization’s Scarsdale Women’s Philanthropy group.
Senior Rabbi Jonathan Blake of the Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale told The NY Post that the family’s relatives — and the entire local community — were “deeply hurting.”
“All the Steinbergs will be remembered by their Scarsdale and the temple community as among the most devoted to the welfare of the Jewish community and the beauty of the Jewish tradition,’’ Blake said.