Foreign tourists killed in a Botswana plane crash

17th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

Eight foreign tourists were killed when their plane crashed after take-off near an airstrip in north Botswana's Okavango Delta, the country's civil aviation authority said Monday.

Four Swedes, two Britons and two French tourists were killed when the tourist plane crashed and burst into flames on Friday, said Chris Nkwe, spokesman for Botswana's Civil Aviation Authority. Four people survived the crash.

"The bodies are currently in hospital awaiting forensic examinations," said Chris Nkwe, the spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana.

It is not clear how many people were on board, but there were only four survivors, according to officials.

Nkwe said a team of investigators had been sent to the scene to investigate the cause of the accident.

The respective embassies of the deceased have been notified, said Nkwe.

Chief executive officer of Moremi Air Charters, a private airliner in the Okavango Delta, Sue Smart said they have temporarily grounded their fleet pending investigations into the crash.

The Okavango Delta, in the north of Botswana is a high-end tourist destination, popular with foreign visitors.

© 2011 AFP

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