Nationalities of 8 dead identified in Botswana plane crash

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  • A plane that crashed in Botswana left pilot, seven passengers dead, official says
  • Rescue and investigation teams have been deployed to the scene
  • The plane was headed for the island of Pom Pom
A plane that crashed in Botswana killed a British pilot and seven European passengers, an official said Tuesday.
The pilot and passengers -- three French, three Swiss and one Briton -- died when the Cessna 208 went down Friday shortly after taking off from Xakanaka Airfield near the country's northern Okavango Delta region, according to a Civil Aviation Authority spokesman.
The plane was headed for the island of Pom Pom, a tourist and safari destination.
Four others aboard the Moremi Air flight survived the crash, including two French passengers and two Botswanans.
Authorities said rescue and investigation teams were dispatched to the scene of accident.