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19 October 2011

2nd plane crashes in Botswana

Maun - An air charter says a second light aircraft has crashed on takeoff in Botswana's Okavango Delta but all six people onboard survived unscathed.

Another failed takeoff in the same area five days ago killed eight foreigners.

Delta Air manager Kagiso Senwedi told The Associated Press that the passengers are being transported by boat from Delta Camp in Botswana's remote north to Maun town.

He said the company's Cessna 206 single-engine turboprop crashed in a failed takeoff from Delta Camp's dirt airstrip Wednesday morning.

A Cessna 208B operated by Moremi Air crashed shortly after takeoff Friday from Xakanaxa bush airfield and burst into a conflagration that apparently killed the British pilot and seven tourists from France, Switzerland and the UK.
- SAPA/News24