British tourists killed in Botswana air crash

18th Oct 2011
British tourists killed in Botswana air crash

Two British travellers were among eight people killed when a light aircraft crashed shortly after take-off in Botswana.

A British pilot who has now been named as Martin Gresswell, and a male tourist, were among those killed when the plane came down in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. According to reports, three French tourists and three Swedish tourists were also killed.

Botswana’s Civil Aviation Authority revealed that the plane was a Cessna 208 operated by Moremi Air. Meanwhile the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed that relatives of the two Britons had been contacted and offered consular assistance.

Each year approximately 19,000 British tourists visit Botswana, which is especially popular as a safari destination.



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