Plane Crashes Into Lake Victoria: A plane carrying 43 people plunged into Lake Victoria in Tanzania early on Sunday due to bad weather, minutes before landing in the northwestern city of Bukoba, police said. Rescue efforts are underway.
“A Precision Air plane crashed into water about 100 metres from the airport,” regional police commander William Mwampaghale told reporters.
The flight from Dar es Salaam to Kagera, a lakeside city in the region, carried 43 people, including 39 passengers, two pilots, and two cabin crew members.
As we speak, 26 people have been rescued and taken to our referral hospital, Chalamila said.
The rescue operation is still ongoing, and we are communicating with the pilots, he added.
Tanzania’s largest private airline, Precision Air, confirmed the accident in a brief statement.
The rescue team has been dispatched to the scene and more information will be released in two hours.
As rescuers waded through water to bring people to safety, video footage broadcast on local media showed the plane largely submerged.
Cranes and ropes were used by emergency workers to lift the aircraft out of the water.
In her condolences to those affected by the accident, President Samia Suluhu Hassan expressed her condolences.
As we pray to God to help us, let’s remain calm as the rescue operation continues.
Founded in 1993, Precision Air operates domestic and regional flights as well as private charters to popular tourist destinations such as the Serengeti National Park and the Zanzibar archipelago.
Five years ago, a plane belonging to Safari Company Coastal Aviation crashed in northern Tanzania, killing 11 people.
An Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi plunged into a field southeast of the Ethiopian capital six minutes after takeoff, killing all 157 passengers.
A Kenya Airways flight from Abidjan, Ivory Coast, to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, crashed into a swamp after takeoff, killing all 114 passengers.
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