19 dead in plane crash in Tanzania

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19 dead in a plane crash in Tanzania

43 people, passengers and members of the crew, were on board the aircraft.

An airliner that crashed on Sunday in Lake Victoria, Tanzania, claimed 19 lives , announced the country's Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, after a previous death toll of 3 among the 43 people on board.

All Tanzanians are with you in mourning after the death of 19 people in the accident, the prime minister said addressing the crowd at Bukoba airport, where the The aircraft was due to land after taking off from the economic capital Dar es Salaam.

Previously, Regional Commissioner Albert Chalamila said that 26 people had been rescued.

He specified that 43 people, including 39 passengers, the two pilots and two crew members, were on board flight PW494 to go to Bukoba, a city located on the edge of the lake, the largest in Africa and the one where the Nile has its source.

Residents gather as rescuers search for survivors after Precision Air plane crashed in town from Bukoba, Tanzania.

The plane crashed into water about 100 meters from the airport, regional police commander William Mwampaghale told reporters at Bukoba airport. /p>

Videos released to local media show the plane largely submerged as rescuers attempt to retrieve survivors. Rescuers try to pull the plane out of the water using cables and cranes.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan expressed her condolences to those affected by the accident. Let's keep calm as rescue operations continue and pray for God's help, she said on Twitter.

The President of the Commission of x27;African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, also sent his condolences, as did the Secretary General of the East African Community regional bloc, Peter Mathuki.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the passengers […] and we stand in solidarity with the government and people of Tanzania, he said on Twitter.

The East African Community joins Mama Samia Suluhu Hassan, the families and friends of all those affected by the Precision Air accident and sends their condolences, said Peter Mathuki on Twitter.

Precision Air, which is Tanzania's largest private airline, released a brief statement confirming the accident.

Rescuers near the wreckage of the plane that crashed into Lake Victoria in Bukoba, Tanzania on November 6, 2022.

The company, part-owned by Kenya Airways, was founded in 1993 and operates domestic and regional flights as well as private charters to popular tourist destinations such as the Serengeti National Park and the Zanzibar Archipelago. /p>

The crash comes five years after 11 people were killed when a plane belonging to a safari company crashed in northern Tanzania.

In March 2019, an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi crashed six minutes after takeoff in a field south of east of the Ethiopian capital, killing all 157 people on board.

In 2007, a Kenya Airways flight from the Ivorian city of Abidjan to Kenya's capital Nairobi , had crashed in a swamp after takeoff, killing its 114 passengers.

In 2000, another Kenya Airways flight from Abidjan to Nairobi crashed ;was flattened in the Atlantic Ocean minutes after takeoff, killing 169 people while 10 others survived.

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