Aircraft Crashes Into Congo Town

A small aircraft carrying around 15 passengers on Sunday crashed into a densely populated area of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo, airline Busy Bee and witnesses said.

The Dornier plane was en route to Beni, 350 kilometres north of Goma (220 miles), when it went down, a company staff member said.

According to Bor Town officials, the light aircraft was returning from Walgak, Bieh State to Juba, when it crashed in Kolnyang County, about 12 km south of Bor Airport.

“There were four people on board, two crew members and two passengers, all of whom survived and are being treated at UNMISS – Bor SRIMED Level 2 Hospital for various non-life-threatening injuries.

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He said the caravan had been hired by two Sudanese traders to deliver merchandise to Walgak.

“On their return from Walgak, the weather condition worsened, and the accident occurred. The plane is severely damaged, and no one was injured on the ground,” Majier continued.

The crew members are: pilot from Burundi, and co-pilot from DR Congo.

Source: AFP

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