Many Died as Passenger Plane Crashes into Homes

At least 27 people have died after a passenger plane crashed into houses in the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

The victims included nine people from the same family who were in one of the houses hit in the Mapendo area.

The small aircraft went down shortly after taking off from the city’s airport on Sunday.

The cause of the crash is still unclear.

The plane was carrying 17 passengers and two crew members, officials say.

The aircraft crashed in the Mapendo neighbourhood after “missing” its take-off from the city’s international airport, North Kivu regional governor Nzanzu Kasivita said.

Residents on the ground were among the casualties, local media reported.

Air accidents are relatively frequent in DR Congo amid lax safety standards and poor maintenance, and all the country’s commercial carriers are banned from operating in the European Union.

The Dornier-228 aircraft – owned by private carrier Busy Bee – was supposed to fly to Beni, 350km (220 miles) north of Goma, when it came down about a minute after take-off, a source at Goma airport told the BBC.

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