LONDON (Reuters) - A six-year-old British boy was killed when a light aircraft on a tourist flight crashed in Venezuela, Britain’s Foreign Office said on Saturday.
Eight other British nationals were injured in the crash, which occurred on Friday near Canaima in the south of the country, it said.
The injured were taken to hospital in Ciudad Bolivar but their lives were not believed to be in danger, the Foreign Office said.
It identified the boy as Thomas Horne and said his parents were also on the plane.
“The plane was carrying tourists who were visiting Angel Falls,” a spokesman said. “Our ambassador and consular staff are providing assistance to the survivors in Cuidad Bolivar and staff in the UK are in contact with family members here.”
The dead boy’s aunt and uncle issued a statement saying the family was devastated by his death and expressing a “wish for privacy at this difficult time.”
Reporting by Kate Kelland; Editing by Andrew Dobbie