Precision Air, which is Tanzania’s largest private airline, released a brief report confirming the accident.
Passenger’s flight plunged into Lake Victoria
The flight carrying 43 passengers plunged into Lake Victoria in Tanzania early on Sunday due to poor climate shortly before it was due to land in the northwestern city of Bukoba, police said, with efforts underway to rescue those onboard.
“There was an accident involving a Precision Air flight which… crashed into water about 100 meters from the airport,” regional police commander William Mwampaghale said to reporters at Bukoba airport. Regional commissioner Albert Chalamila told 43 passengers, including 39 passengers, 2 pilots, and 2 cabin crew were aboard the flight from the financial capital Dar es Salaam to the lakeside city in the Kagera region.
“The rescue operation is still ongoing and we are communicating with the pilots,” he stated, adding that more details would be shared later. Pr decision Air, which is Tanzania’s biggest private airline, released a piece of brief information confirming the accident.” The rescue team has been dispatched to the scene and more information will be released in two hours,” the airline stated.
- Video footage broadcast on local media showed the aircraft largely submerged as rescuers waded through the water to bring people to safety.
Emergency workers attempted to lift the aircraft out of the water using ropes, assisted by cranes. President Samia Suluhu Hassan expressed her condolences to those affected by the accident.”Let’s continue to be calm while the rescue operation continues as we pray to God to help us,” she stated on Twitter.
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Precision Air, which is partly owned by Kenya Airways, was founded in 1993 and operates domestic and regional flights as well as private charters to popular tourist destinations such as the Serengeti National Park and the Zanzibar archipelago.
The accident comes 5 years after 11 passengers died when an aircraft belonging to safari company Coastal Aviation crashed in northern Tanzania.
In March 2019, an Ethiopian Airlines flight from frdis Ababa to Nairobi plunged 6 minutes after take-off into a field southeast of the Ethiopian capital, killing all 157 people on board.
In 2007, a Kenya Airways flight from the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan to Kenya’s capital Nairobi crashed into a swamp after take-off, killing all 114 passengers.
In 2000 another Kenya Airways flight from Abidjan to Nairobi crashed into the Atlantic Ocean minutes after take-off, killing 169 people while 10 survived.
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