The travel company that organized the Costa Rica trip that ended with a fatal New Year’s Eve plane crash that took the lives of 12 - including a prominent Scarsdale family - is working with authorities to “understand the cause of the crash.”
A single-engine Cessna plane crashed into a mountain in the province of Guanacaste while en route to Punita Islita, a beach resort on the Pacific coast, claiming the lives of the 10 passengers a pilot and tour guide, according to officials. Among those passengers were 50-year-old Bruce Steinberg, 51-year-old Irene Steinberg and their teenage sons, Matthew, William and Zachary of Scarsdale.
Backroads Active Travel, which provides international trips, tours and activities for their customers has since been on the ground, attempting to determine what went wrong with the Nature Air flight that struck the mountain.
“We are extremely heartbroken over this horrific loss of life and are working with the local authorities to understand the cause of the crash,” the company said in a statement. “We have our entire Costa Rica team and a member of our executive team on the ground to assist in this tragedy.”
According to the Scarsdale10583.com blog , Backroads has canceled all future flights with Nature Air, and those flight arrangements are being transferred to a different Costa Rican carrier. Customers will reportedly also have the option of taking land travel, not air travel on their upcoming adventure trips.
"This tragedy hits our community very hard. Bruce, Irene and their children have been devoted members of Westchester Reform Temple since 2001, and have also been engaged in the wider Jewish community, through their involvement in organizations including the UJA-Federation of New York, AJC (American Jewish Committee), and Seeds of Peace," Rabbi Jonathan Blake stated. "I know there will be much more to say in the coming days, and that so many of us want to do everything we can to express our grief and to show our support for their bereaved family."
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