GOMA – A plane reportedly carrying 19 passengers and crew has crashed in a suburb of Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It was taking off on a flight to Beni, said regional authorities, reports DW
The aircraft, operated by private airline Busy Bee, plunged into houses in Mapendo district in Goma shortly after it took off from the airport on Sunday morning, said provincial governor Nzanzu Kasivita Carly in a statement.
Carly said authorities are still gathering more details about casualty figures and could not immediately confirm the exact numbers.
Air accidents are frequent in DR Congo. None of the country’s commercial carriers are allowed to fly into European Union airspace amid concerns over safety and poor standards.