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Plane Crashes Into Neighbourhood, Killing 24 in DR Congo

At least 24 bodies were recovered after a small plane crashed in the eastern city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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.

Jean Paul Lumbulumbu, the vice president of North Kivu’s parliament, said 24 bodies had been recovered from the site, including those of several people hit by falling debris. A rescue worker, who asked not to be named, said 26 bodies were retrieved.

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Images from the scene showed plumes of black smoke and flames from the burning plane as locals looked on. Rescue workers combed through the burned-out fuselage.

Goma airport official Richard Mangolopa said no survivors were expected from the disaster. The exact number of casualties on the plane and on the ground was not yet known.

Witnesses said the pilot was attempting to return the plane to the airport after they heard a loud sound that seemed to come from the engine, according to Al Jazeera’s Alain Uaykani, reporting Beni.

He said Busy Bee indicated the engine had just been changed on the plane.

“Something apparently has gone wrong with the new engine,” Uaykani said. “They could not save anyone from this plane because of the difficult situation with the location of the area.”

Source : Al Jazeera

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