Botswana air crash kills European tourists including British pilot

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Seven European tourists have died in a plane crash in the Okavango Delta region of Botswana, officials say.

The Cessna 208 came down shortly after take off on Friday from the Xakanaxa airfield, in a nature reserve in the north of the country, said the country's Civil Aviation Authority.

The dead included three Swedes, three French people and a British tourist. Their British pilot was also killed.

Two French tourists and two Botswana nationals survived the crash.

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RIP and condolences to their families. :(

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This comes from a member of Avcom:

I work for one of the other companies in Maun, and was in the air when the accident happened and the events following. This is the first fatal accident in several years here and has come as quite a shock.

The aircraft crashed very shortly after takeoff from one a strip at the northern edge of the Delta (about 25 mins from Maun in a Caravan). A fire destroyed most of the aircraft, only the tail remained intact. Whether the fire was post impact or started inflight is unknown. There were 10 pax and 1 (experienced) pilot onboard. Only 4 of the pax survived, some still in critical condition. The response from the different operators in the area, and from the BDF(Botswana Defence Force) was quick. First people overhead within minutes, and medical crews there within an hour.

That's all the facts that are publicly known at the moment.

The most widely believed cause is an engine failure immediately after takeoff.