Death toll from Congo plane crash rises to 29 


The death toll from a plane that crashed into a neighbourhood in Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has risen to 29.

Vice president of North Kivu’s parliament, Jean-Paul Lumbulumbu said 24 bodies had been recovered from the wreckage while a rescue worker disclosed that 26 bodies had been found. 

Jacques Yuma Kipuya, deputy transport minister, confirmed that the Busy Bee Dornier-228 smashed into two houses close to the airport. 

The aircraft had been headed for the city of Beni, 350 kilometres north of Goma, when it went down after takeoff in the residential area. 

Aircraft accidents often occur in the vast, central African country. 

In October, an Antonov-72 cargo plane that was providing logistical assistance for a trip by Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi and carrying eight crew and passengers went missing after taking off from Goma. 

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