BREAKING: Plane crashes into residential area a minute after take-off

Posted by News Express | 24 November 2019 | 5,018 times

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•Scene of the plane crash

A plane with at least 16 passengers and two crew has crashed into homes in Goma city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

North Kivu regional governor Nzanzu Kasivita Carly said there had been deaths, but did not give a number.

The plane crashed into houses in the Mapendo neighbourhood after “missing” its take-off from the city’s international airport, he added.

The Dornier-228 aircraft was owned by private carrier Busy Bee.

It was supposed to fly to Beni, 350km (220 miles) north of Goma, when it came down about a minute after take-off, a source at Goma airport told the BBC.

Air accidents are relatively frequent in DR Congo, amid lax safety standards and poor maintenance. All the country’s commercial carriers are banned from operating in the European Union.

•Text (excluding headline): BBC.

Source: News Express

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