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17 Confirmed Dead in Goma Plane Crash

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The City of Goma in Neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo has woken up to very sad news following a deadly plane crash that has claimed 17 lives and leaving others seriously injured.

From the Rwanda side, dark plumes of smoke pushing into the sky could be seen as UN chopper hovered over the accident scene in Birere zone of Goma city.

The fateful light carrier plane belonging to Busy Bee Dornier 228-100 is said to have missed its take off and crashed three minutes after leaving the track. It crashed into the roof tops of several homes in Birere area of Goma city.

According to local press Actualite Rescue teams belonging to the Monusco and Goma City Fire fighting trucks were at the scene removing from rubble charred bodies of passengers.

According to an aviation technician on the site of the accident, the plane has been in good mechanical condition in the past week.

Busy Bee Aviation Company usually organizes scheduled and charter flights and medical evacuations in remote areas of eastern DRC.

The Dornier Do 228-100 is a short-range twin-engine commercial aircraft developed by the German company Dornier Flugzeugwerke. It was manufactured between 1981 and 1998. It can carry up to 19 passengers.

The fateful plane was destined for Beni in North Province which is largely and intense fighting between Ugandan ADF rebels and the Congolese army.

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