South Africa on Thursday denied reports that Foreign Minister Pik Botha and a top government delegation had been booked to travel aboard the Pan Am jet that crashed in Scotland.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry said it issued the denial after being inundated with queries from around the world about whether Botha, Defense Minister Magnus Malan and senior officials were on the plane.Sabotage has been cited as a possible cause of Wednesday night's crash in which at least 273 people were killed.

The ministry said the South African group traveled on an earlier Pan Am flight to New York for the signing of the Namibian peace treaty.