Foreign tourists killed in Botswana plane crash
Newsletter Subscription


Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Foreign tourists killed in Botswana plane crash

GABORONE - 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 nationals were died when the plane crashed and burst into flames on Friday, said Chris Nkwe, spokesman for Botswana's Civil Aviation Authority.

Related Research on ASDReports.com:
The Global Commercial Aircraft Market 2013-2023

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

In Paris, the French foreign ministry said in a statement that three, instead of two French nationals had been killed.

It was not immediately clear how many people were on board, but there were only four survivors -- a French couple and two Botswana nationals, according to officials.

The plane was heading to the island of Pom Pom, a luxurious safari destination in the north.

The French couple who survived the crash were airlifted to a hospital in Johannesburg, where they were treated for burns and other injuries.

The pilot of the plane was among the dead.

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

Sue Smart, chief executive officer of Moremi Air Charters, said the private airline in the Okavango Delta had temporarily grounded its fleet pending an investigation.

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

The Okavango Delta is a high-end tourist destination, popular with foreign visitors.


by Michael Mathes
(c) 2011 AFP
Published on ASDNews: Oct 17, 2011

 

Engine Leasing & Asset Management Seminar

Oct 29, 2014 - London, United Kingdom

Register More info


DoD/VA Healthcare 2014 Summit

May 19 - 22, 2014 - San Antonio, United States

Register More info


© 2004-2014 • ASDNews • be the first to know • contact usterms & conditionsprivacy policyadvertisingfaqs