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36 killed in Congo plane crash

A plane has crashed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing 36 people, according to officials.

The plane was flying from Lodja in East Kasai Province in the centre of the country when it crashed in the centre of Goma, the eastern city's mayor said.

The Fokker plane, belonging to the private airline CAA, was carrying 40 people and four people survived, mayor Naasson Kubuya added.

It crashed near the electoral commission's building but did not hit any people on the ground, he said.

"The pilot managed to avoid houses," said Mr Kubuya. "It's a horrifying accident. The city of Goma has become a field of disasters. We sympathise with the families of the deceased."

Last year, a plane crash in the city of Bukavu killed president Joseph Kabila's personal adviser, Augustin Katumba.


From Belfast Telegraph