U.K. tourism officials say the U.N. agency will purchase villas in Costa Rico to replace the Costa Rica Air Force’s lost Seaplane that flew in the Bahamas last month.
Costa Rica lost its Seaplane last week in the southern Caribbean.
The U.KS. government said it will purchase the villas from the UBS-owned company CitiGroup, which owns Costa Rica airport in the Caribbean island nation.
The Seaplane disappeared in May after it took off from a runway in the northern state of Pernambuco.
It was believed to be heading to the Bahamas, where it crashed into a rock.
The island nation lost its air force in the early 1980s amid a corruption scandal and military-led coup.
Costa Rican government officials have said that the plane was downed by a missile attack by a rogue Cuban missile base.
Costa Rico is in the midst of a costly and chaotic recovery effort.
The Costa Rican economy has shrunk from $11 billion in 2012 to $2.4 billion in 2019, according to the International Monetary Fund.
Costa Ricans government said in March that the country will begin a major infrastructure investment program.
Costa’s tourism industry is the country’s largest, with an estimated $1.3 billion in revenue in 2020.
Costa said it plans to buy five more Seaplanes and build a new airport.