DR CONGO: U.N. plane crashes on approach at Kinshasa's international airport killing thirty-twoRecord ID: 382156
- Title: DR CONGO: U.N. plane crashes on approach at Kinshasa's international airport killing thirty-two
- Date: 6th April 2011
- Summary: NDJILI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (APRIL 4, 2011) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PLANE DEBRIS AT KINSHASA AIRPORT VARIOUS OF PILOT'S BODY AND BODIES OF OTHER PASSENGERS BEING PUT ON STRETCHERS VARIOUS OF BODIES IN AMBULANCE (SOUNDBITE) (French) JOSEPH KIBOKO, HEALTH MINISTRY OFFICIAL, SAYING: "In total we have 25 dead, the others are still alive in hospital." MORE OF AMBULANCES BLOOD STAIN ON TARMAC SUITCASES AND PEOPLE'S BELONGINGS MORE OF DEBRIS OF PLANE, UNITED NATIONS PERSONNEL LOOKING AT PLANE'S BLACK BOX, PASSENGERS' BELONGINGS BEING RECOVERED
- Reuters ID: LVA101FS691LGWQTZLV67KTLHGAR
- Duration: 00:01:11
- Topics: Disasters / Accidents / Natural catastrophes,Transport
- Story Text: A United Nations plane crashed while trying to land at the airport serving Congo's capital Kinshasa on Monday (April 4), killing 32 people, U.N. officials said.
One person aboard survived.
The world body earlier said Congolese and foreign nationals were on board the plane. The operator of the plane, Georgian flag carrier Airzena Georgian Airways, said the crew was Georgian.
A U.N. source in Kinshasa, who asked not to be named, said the plane landed heavily, broke into two and caught fire.
There were strong winds blowing at the time.
Twenty U.N. workers were listed as on board the flight.
The plane, a Bombardier CRJ-200 jet, had taken off from the eastern city of Kisangani, a U.N. spokesman based in Kinshasa said. Officials had earlier told Reuters the plane was a CRJ-300.
The U.N.'s 19,000-strong peacekeeping mission is backing Congo government efforts to fight rebel groups that have been haunting the country's troubled east since a 1998-2003 civil war that killed five million people.
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