11 tourists killed in Tanzania plane crash
At least 11 people were killed in northern Tanzania on Wednesday when a small passenger plane carrying tourists crashed on its way to Serengeti National Park.
The aircraft, which was carrying ten passengers and a pilot, crashed in the Ngorongoro crater at around 11am local time. Authorities say the cause of the crash is still unknown and the identities of the deceased will be withheld until their families are notified.
Tourists killed in plane crash
The Cessna Caravan light aircraft was carrying tourists from the northern town of Arusha to the popular Serengeti National Park on Wednesday morning. However, the plane never made it past Ngorongoro crater – roughly halfway through the flight from Arusha.
The nationalities of those killed in the crash haven’t been confirmed yet and authorities say there is no obvious reason to explain why the aircraft came down. Tanzania is a popular tourist destination for those seeking wildlife safaris, pristine beaches and hiking Mount Kilimanjaro – particularly for tourists from Britain, Germany, Italy and the United States.
Coastal Aviation, the company that chartered the flight, confirmed that one of its aircraft had crashed in a statement on Wednesday.
“Obviously, we are in shock. This is devastating,” said the company’s managing director Julian Edmunds.
“I fly our planes regularly. I have the utmost faith in our crew and our equipment. On behalf of the entire team at Coastal, we will be doing everything we can to assist the pending investigation.”
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