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Congo: Plane crashes leave 24 people killed

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

24th Nov, 2019. 08:09 pm
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Congo: The plane crashed into a residential area، 24 people lost their life in this horrific accident.

Rescue workers said, Twenty-three bodies have been recovered after a small plane crashed on takeoff into a city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The plane, operated by local company Busy Bee, went down after shortly take-off, North Kivu Governor Carly Nzanzu Kasivita’s office said in a statement on Sunday.

The company said the 19-seater Dornier 228-200 had 16 passengers and two crew members on board. The aircraft was headed for the city of Beni, 350km (220 miles) north of Goma, when it went down.

The cause of the crash is still unclear, but some sources said the plane experienced engine failure right after take-off. Rescue workers and local residents rushed to the crash site to evacuate the injured and also retrieve the bodies.

It was not immediately known how many residents were in their homes when the plane crashed.

Rescue workers were also seen combing through the plane’s burnt-out fuselage.

Richard Mangolopa, a Goma airport official, said no survivors were expected from the disaster.

The Dornier-228 aircraft had been heading to the city of Beni, 220 miles (350km) north of Goma, in the east of the country, when it went down in a residential area near the airport.

Remember that earlier this year, a cargo plane departing from the same airport in the month of October had crashed an hour after takeoff, all the passengers killed in that incident.

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