A small plane carrying the private Congolese company Busy Bee with about fifteen passengers on board crashed on Sunday morning at a takeoff on a popular district of Goma, eastern DRC, AFP said referring to the company and witnesses.
« Six bodies have just been removed. The (relief) teams continue to search, « Goma Mayor Timothée Muissa Kiesse told an AFP correspondent.
There would be no survivors among the twenty or so people on board the aircraft, according to a Goma airport official, Richard Mangolopa, joined by the same correspondent.
Crash d'un petit porteur de l'agence Busy Bee à Goma ce dimanche matin. Il y aurait déjà des victimes. Dossier à suivre…. pic.twitter.com/X9MHrFLkQW
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The Dornier-228 aircraft was scheduled to rotate to Beni and Butembo 350 km north of Goma, according to a member of the company. He crashed into one of the densely populated neighborhoods surrounding Goma Airport. « There were 17 passengers on board and two crew members. It took off around 9h-9h10 (07H00 GMT), « told AFP Héritier Said Mamadou, in charge of booking within the company.
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