British boy dies in Venezuela plane crash

CARACAS: A 6-year-old British boy was killed when a small plane carrying British tourists crashed shortly after takeoff from an airstrip near Venezuela’s Angel Falls.

The boy was traveling with eight other British tourists, including his parents, civil protection director Luis Diaz told on Saturday.

He said all 10 survivors on board, including a Venezuelan pilot and co-pilot, were flown to nearby Ciudad Bolivar and were being treated for injures at a hospital. The boy’s aunt, June Holman, said the dead child was 6-year-old Thomas Horne.

The single-engine plane, a Cessna 208 Caravan, crashed Friday afternoon near the runway in the popular tourist destination of Canaima, a national park where they went to visit Venezuela’s famed Angel Falls, Diaz said.

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