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UN DRC plane crashed in heavy rain

2011-04-04 20:12

Kinshasa - A United Nations plane crashed while trying to land at the airport serving Congo's capital Kinshasa on Monday, killing least 20 people, a government official said.

The plane lost control in high winds as it came in to land and left the runway, the Health Ministry official, Joseph Kiboko, said.

He told Reuters that at least 20 of the 32 passengers and three crew had died.

"We sent eight people to hospital who were still breathing, but I don't know whether they survived. Both the pilots were killed."

A UN source, who asked not to be named, said: "The plane landed heavily, broke into two and caught fire."

A Reuters correspondent at the airport said the Bombardier CRJ-300 jet was completely destroyed and the wreckage was lying at the end of the runway.

The plane was coming from Goma in the east of the country, the source said.

Comments
  • JohannV - 2011-04-04 20:25

    Awful!

  • Trevor Obery - 2011-04-04 20:36

    To my friend and my colleague on that fateful flight...My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this tragic time.

      JohannV - 2011-04-04 22:53

      So sad. RIP you guys! We'll miss you.

  • Priester - 2011-04-04 20:52

    Hi JohannV I am aware of 3 SA guys who were onboard the flight. I am currently in Darfur and do have contact with my colleagues in DRC. Very tragic indeed.

      Trevor Obery - 2011-04-04 20:55

      Two of them were friends and colleagues of mine. One of them has been my friend for more than 25 years. we worked together in the DRC..I returned home a year ago

      Priester - 2011-04-04 21:03

      @Trevor I have also worked in DRC for a couple of years and most likely we are talking about the same friends.

      Trevor Obery - 2011-04-04 21:06

      PAE???

      Priester - 2011-04-04 21:09

      @Trevor were you based in Kisangani ECR?

      Trevor Obery - 2011-04-04 21:11

      Yeah I was..look me up on fb and send friend request..will chat there

  • Fran - 2011-04-06 09:34

    To my friend may you rest in peace you will be sorely missed.To his family and friends you are in my prayers constantly. May you have the strength to hang on

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