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Tourists and pilots killed in Kenyan plane crash

Tourists and pilots killed in Kenyan plane crash
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Two German tourists and two Kenyan pilots have been killed in a plane crash.

The twin-engine aircraft carrying 11 holidaymakers came down in Kenya’s Maasai Mara game reserve. On board the aircraft were five Germans, four Americans and two Czechs.

The nine survivors were airlifted to hospital in the capital Nairobi, three are in a serious condition.

The plane failed to gain altitude just after take-off. Air strip workers and locals rushed to the crash site and pulled survivors out of the mangled wreckage.

Peterson Maelo, the Narok district police chief in the East African country, said a middle-aged man and an elderly woman were killed along with the two pilots.

“The twin-engine plane nose-dived about one kilometre from the air strip and landed in a marshland,” Maelo said.

“Moments after the plane took off we realised that all was not well. Suddenly it came down crashing into a marshland,” said John Kipetu, an employee at the Fairmont Mara Safari Club who witnessed the incident.