Video: Passenger Plane Crashes Into Lake Victoria In Tanzania, 19 Killed
The Precision Air flight carrying numerous passengers crashed into Lake Victoria as it approached the northwest city of Bukoba on Sunday, killing 19 people, according to Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa.
After reaching the airport in Bukoba, where the plane was supposed to land from the nation’s financial center Dar es Salaam, Majaliwa addressed the crowd. “All Tanzanians are with you in mourning the 19 people who lost their lives during this accident,” she said.
Out of the 43 passengers on board flight PW 494, 26 survivors, according to regional authorities, had been rescued and transferred to a hospital in the lakeside city.
The largest private airline in Tanzania, Precision Air, a publicly traded company, announced in a statement that 24 people had survived the crash. An airline official told AFP that the other two hospitalized patients were not originally on board the plane.
On the condition of anonymity, he stated, “Two people who were hurt during rescue efforts have been counted as survivors, but they were not passengers.”
The airline expressed its “deepest sympathy” over the tragedy, which happened on Sunday at roughly 08:53 am (0553 GMT), and said it had sent rescuers and investigators to the spot.
According to the corporation, the ATR 42-500 aircraft, which was built by the French-Italian company ATR in Toulouse, carried 39 passengers, including a baby, and four crew members.
When rescuers, including fishermen, waded through water to bring people to safety, video footage of the incident was shown on local media. The plane was seen to be mostly submerged.
Residents also tried to help as emergency personnel used ropes and cranes to try to raise the airplane out of the sea.
We pray to heaven to help us, the president Samia Suluhu Hassan said in her sympathy message to those impacted by the catastrophe.
The tragedy is one of the deadliest aviation accidents in the history of the country of East Africa.
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