Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Plane Crash Kills 19

Published on Thursday 26th August 2010

A plane which crashed whilst trying to land in western Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday has left at least 19 passengers dead.

An official of Kinshasa's small city-centre Ndolo airport, from which the flight took off, confirmed the crash, but did not provide any additional information.

The Filair Let-410 twin turboprop crashed after failing to land at Bandundu after a flight from the capital Kinshasa, and apparently running out of fuel.

The owner of the private airline Filair, Belgian Daniel Philemotte, was at the controls and was among those killed, along with the co-pilot and stewardess.

After an abortive attempt to land, the aircraft turned away and crashed towards the edge of Bandundu city, hitting a house whose residents had managed to flee in time.

DR Congo's aviation sector, which is littered with ageing Soviet-era planes, is generally viewed as being in a chronic state of disrepair and crashes are frequent.

All of the country's registered airlines have been placed on a European Union blacklist, banning them from flying into European airspace.


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