HEADLINE Light aircraft crash claims 11 lives in Tanzania


Light aircraft crash claims 11 lives in Tanzania

By Li Zhiwei | People's Daily app

06:02, November 16, 2017


Cessna Caravan aircraft / File Photo

Johannesburg (People's Daily) - Ten tourists and one pilot perished in northern Tanzania today when their light aircraft crashed en route to the Serengeti National Park.

Media reported the aircraft was a Cessna Caravan and went down in the Ngorongoro crater killing everyone on board.

"This is devastating," said Coastal Aviation, the air charter company that operated the flight. The identities and nationalities of the victims have not been released

A statement on the company's website read, "We are deeply saddened to report that 11 people have died in a single-plane accident this morning in Northern Tanzania."

Coastal Aviation provides air safari tours throughout East Africa. The region is home to Mount Kilimanjaro, a popular destination for European and American travelers.

Police were unsure what caused the crash and an investigation is ongoing. 

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