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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ex-CIA Director Hurt in Plane Crash




SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Former CIA director Admiral Stansfield Turner was in critical condition Monday after his wife and three others were killed when a plane crashed into a home shortly after taking off in the Costa Rican capital.


Turner, 76, who was CIA director under President Jimmy Carter, suffered injuries to his chest and head, said Dr.Deborah Beaychan of the emergency surgery unit at the Hospital Mexico.


His wife, Eli Karen, was killed in the Saturday afternoon crash, which occurred shortly after the Taxi Aereo Centroamericano flight took off from San Jose, U.S. Embassy spokesman David Gilmour said.


Also killed in the crash were Siegfried and Therese Richert of San Francisco, and Spaniard Antonio Sanchez Diaz, according to Gilmour and Javier Montero, chief of operations for Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Organization.


Investigators were still looking into what caused the plane to fall from the sky and plunge into a house in an upscale neighborhood, Red Cross officials said.