A passenger plane crashed soon after takeoff from Goma Airport in Congo. Goma is the capital of North Kivu Province of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The plane crashed in a densely populated residential area of the Mapendo district on Sunday. According to a statement by the governor of North Kivu region, the aircraft had missed its takeoff.
The crash is said to have killed the passengers, crews, and people on the ground, 26 in all according to the government. Hundreds of citizens gathered at the scene as black smoke rose from the remains of the plane. The debris was soon cleared by the rescue workers and bodies were brought out on stretchers. Many citizens also helped the rescue workers in clearing the wreckage between destroyed homes. The Ministry of Transportation reported the death of two members of the flight crew, 17 passengers, and 7 residents. The government has extended condolences to families of all the victims.
The aircraft was a Dornier 228-200, owned by Busy Bee, a private carrier. It was heading towards Beni in the north of Goma which is 220 miles from Goma. An emergency recuse team along with two fire engines was sent to the crash site by the UN Mission in Congo immediately to help the rescue workers and extend support to the authorities.
None of the aircraft belonging to the private carriers are allowed to fly in the European airspace due to poor air safety standards and maintenance of the carriers. Air crashes are frequent happenings in Congo due to the inadequate observance of safety standards.
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