TANZANIA: 11 DIED IN PLANE CRASH – AVIATION COMPANY

NAIROBI, Eleven people have died after a plane belonging to a safari company crashed in northern Tanzania, according to the aircraft's owners, Coastal Aviation.

"We are deeply saddened to report that 11 people have died after a single-plane accident this (Wednesday) morning in Northern Tanzania," the company said in a statement published on its website.

According to Coastal Aviation managing director Julian Edmunds, the Cessna Grand Caravan carrying 10 passengers and one pilot crashed at about 11am local time in Empakaai area, en route to the Serengeti.

The names of passengers and crew were being withheld so their families could be informed.

The cause of the crash is still unknown.

The firm said search parties were accessing the scene of the accident.

Obviously, we are in shock. This is devastating, Edmunds said.

"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."

An official at the nearby Serengeti National Park, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the bodies of all the victims had been retrieved except for the pilot's.

"There are some foreigners among the dead, but also Tanzanians working in the tourism industry," he said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK