A number of at least 24 people have died after a commercial plane crashed into peoples houses in Goma city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo,according to local officials.
Residents in the buildings, including four family members, were among the victims.
According to BBC, the small aircraft crashed in the Mapendo neighbourhood after “missing” its take-off from the city’s airport on Sunday morning, North Kivu regional governor Nzanzu Kasivita said.
The officials say 17 passengers and two crew members were on board the plane.
According to the news outlet, Airlines keep safety training ‘to an absolute minimum’ making air accidents are relatively frequent in DR Congo amid very lax safety standards and poor maintenance, and all the country’s commercial carriers are banned from operating in countries in the European Union.
The plane which is owned by private carrier Busy Bee is a Dornier-228 twin-turboprop aircraft crashed not less than a minute after taking off. The plane had been scheduled to fly to Beni, 350km (220 miles) north of Goma.
The cause of the crash is still unclear, but according to the news outlet, some sources said the plane experienced engine failure right after take-off
Governor Kasivita offered his condolences to the families of survivors and
confirmed the crash had “cost the lives of our fellow countrymen”.