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A light aircraft carrying 12 people crashed after takeoff and burst into flames in Botswana, killing the British pilot and seven tourists from France, Sweden and Britain, an official said.
The crash occurred in the southern African nation’s remote Okavango Delta on Friday, according to spokesperson Modipe Nkwe of the Civil Aviation Authority. He said two French tourists and two Botswana citizens survived.
The cause is under investigation, Nkwe said Monday. His agency had issued a brief statement announcing the crash on Friday, with few details. It was unclear why it took three days to announce the fatalities.
Britain and France confirmed they had citizens aboard the flight, but Sweden said it was still investigating the reports.
The chartered Cessna 208, operated by local company Moremi Air, crashed shortly after takeoff from Xakanaka airfield in northern Botswana and was ablaze soon after. Read more…