Britons die in Malawi plane crash

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The Independent Online

Five British tourists and a Canadian pilot were killed when their plane crashed in a mountainous part of northern Malawi on Saturday evening.

The Cessna 206, which can seat six passengers, was heading from the capital, Lilongwe, to Rumchi on a 45-minute sightseeing trip when it disappeared.

Malawi officials said villagers found the wreckage in a ravine shortly after the crash, but there were no survivors from the crash. An army rescue team was on its way to the crash site.

Raymond Phesele, the government's chief aviation officer, said: "The five Britons were on a cycling tour in the northern part of Malawi and they took a plane with a with a Canadian pilot for sightseeing. The plane was expected back at camp after 45 minutes but never returned."

Authorities were investigating the cause of the crash, which was suspected to be bad weather.

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