DRC suspends flight authorisation

2012-02-15 15:15

Kinshasa – Democratic Republic of Congo's ministry of transport has suspended flight authorisation for two companies after their plane crashed and killed one of the president's most trusted advisers.

A ministry communiqué released on Tuesday says Air Katanga and Katanga Wings are suspended while Congolese and American experts investigate the crash.

Five people were killed on Sunday when an Air Katanga jet crashed in the eastern city of Bukavu. Among the dead was senior presidential adviser Augustin Katumba Mwanke and the pilots.

The ministry says Finance Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo, ambassador Antoine Ghonda and governor Marcelin Cishambo have been medically evacuated to South Africa. There were 10 passengers on board.

DRC has one of the worst air safety records in the world.