Entire Family Of Five Wiped Out In Costa Rica New Year’s Eve Plane Crash

A family of five from Scarsdale was wiped out Sunday in a fiery small plane crash in Costa Rica that killed at least 10 American tourists and two pilots, according to reports from the Central American country.

No one survived when the single-engine Cessna smashed into a mountainous region in the province of Guancaste while en route to the beachside resort town of Punta Islita on the Pacific coast, officials said.

The victims included Bruce and Irene Steinberg and their sons, Matthew, William and Zachary.

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 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.

“They will be deeply missed.”

Allyson Simon, a Westchester Reform congregant, called it “a horrific story.”

Reports from Costa Rican media identified the other Americans as Mitchell Weiss, Leslie Levin Weiss, Hanna Mae Weiss, Amanda Rae Geissler and Gene Wing Szeto.

The Costa Rican crew members were identified as Juan Manuel Retana and Emma Ramos Calderon, Former Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla, who held office from 2010 to 2014, posted on Twitter that Retana was her cousin.

“Fatality gets in the way of family celebrations. Our beloved cousin dies as part of the crew of the plane crash in Guanacaste. Force your children and brothers and peace to your remains. You will remain in our dear heart # JuanManuelRetana,” she wrote.

Video posted online by the crhoy.com Web site shows burning wreckage next to what appears to be the tail section of the plane.

Security Minister Gustavo Mata said autopsies would be needed to confirm the number and identities of the badly burned victims, Reuters said.

The Aviation Safey Network Web site said the plane was a single-engine Cessna 208B Grand Caravan.

It was owned and operated by Nature Air, which didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment, reports said.

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