UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Aid workers recovered the bodies of at least 18 people from the wreckage of a plane that crashed in a crowded residential area in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s city of Goma shortly after takeoff on Sunday.
The plane belonging to the Bizzy B company crashed while taking off on a trip to the city of Beni, the office of the governor of North Kivu province, Carly Nazanzo Casivetta, said in a statement.
The 19-seat Dornier 228-200 was carrying 16 passengers and two crew members, a company official said on condition of anonymity.
A Reuters witness at the crash site said two people had been rescued before the plane exploded. It was not clear if there were any casualties on the ground.
Aviation accidents are relatively frequent in Congo due to lax safety standards and poor maintenance. All airlines in the country, including Busy Be, are banned from operating in Europe.
A cargo plane that took off from the airport itself crashed an hour after takeoff in October, killing eight passengers.
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