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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 October 2005, 16:28 GMT 17:28 UK
Britons killed in Tanzania crash
Lake Tanganyika
The four were on a safari holiday near Lake Tanganyika
Four British tourists have been killed in a plane crash in a remote area of western Tanzania, east Africa.

The Britons, three women and a man, died after their five-seater Cessna plane crashed near the Mahale National Park shortly after take-off on Sunday.

The Foreign Office said investigators were making their way to the site, a forested area near Lake Tanganyika.

The department said it is aware of the crash, but is not confirming any details until next-of-kin are informed.

The four tourists were heading to Katavi National Park in the plane, piloted by a Canadian who also died.

'Thoughts and prayers'

"We are aware there has been an accident in Tanzania potentially involving British tourists," a Foreign Office spokeswoman said.

"Tanzanian civil aviation officials are going out to investigate but they are not expecting to get there until later today or tomorrow morning."

Tanzania map

At least two bodies have been recovered from the remote crash site and police are helping in efforts to retrieve the remains, local police spokesman Mohamed Mhina said.

Nomad Tanzania, the company operating the tour, said their "thoughts and prayers" were with the families of the crash victims.

Mark Houldsworth, the company's managing director, said contact with the plane had been lost shortly after it had taken off.

He said: "A search was instigated using four aircraft, and a possible crash site was identified from the air.

"The site is remote and the terrain very rugged making access on foot extremely difficult.

"A ground team finally reached the site at first light this morning and has confirmed that the plane crashed with no survivors."

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