36 die as plane crashes in Congo’s Goma city

7 years ago by: OIL PRINCE
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A Congolese official says that a plane has crashed in the eastern city of Goma, killing many passengers. 36 die in the plane crash in Goma, mayor told the Associated Press. The governor of the province of North Kivu Province, Julien Paluku, said a Fokker airplane of the private airline CAA was carrying about 50 people. He said that at least three people survived the crash. Paluku said the plane was flying from Lodja in East Kasai Province in the center of the country.

He said the aircraft crashed in Goma but it did not hit any people on the ground. The Compagnie Africaine d’Aviation plane was carrying cargo and passengers, UN Mission in DR Congo spokesman Alexandre Essome told reporters yesterday by phone. Two calls made to a number listed on CAA’s website weren’t answered. “It crashed in the middle of the city, but luckily it crashed in an empty lot,” Paluku said by phone. Three survivors were pulled from the wreckage, he said.

“We’re still trying to confirm the number of passengers who left from Lodja,” where the flight originated. Paluku said the plane was two minutes from the airport and flying in a rainstorm. Congolese airlines, including CAA, are banned from flying within Europe.

In April 2008 a Hewa Bora Airways plane crash on takeoff in Goma, killing 37 people on the ground and three on the plane. In July 2011, at least 83 people were killed when a Hewa Bora plane crashed in Kisangani. CAA flies to 34 destinations in Congo, according to its website.

Meanwhile, nine children were burnt to death in a fire that broke out while they were sleeping in a crowded room at a Koranic school in the Senegalese capital Dakar, witnesses said yesterday.


-- micc (m) at 5-03-2013 11:22AM
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