UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Twenty-three bodies were found on Sunday hours after a small plane crashed while taking off in a densely populated area of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the civil defense.
Joseph Makundi, the coordinator of the Goma Civil Defense Service, said the number of bodies found was “23 now”.
Goma airport official Richard Manguloba told AFP that there were no survivors on board.
The BZP Dornier-228 was heading for Beni, 350 kilometers north of Goma, when it crashed in a residential area near the airport in the east of the country.
“There were 17 passengers on board along with two crew members. The plane took off around 09:00 or 0910 am (0700 GMT),” said Herbier Mamadou, an employee of BZP Aviation.
The new airline has three aircraft used for destinations in North Kivu.
One of the company’s maintenance workers who was at the site spoke of a “technical problem” in the plane, according to the site “Actualité”.
It was unclear how many victims were at the crash site.
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