DR Congo military plane crashes in Kinshasa, upto 30 people feared dead

A military transport plane belonging to the Congolese Army crashed near Kinshasa on Saturday, killing 'several dozens' people, military and airport sources told AFP.

AFP September 30, 2017 20:18:36 IST
DR Congo military plane crashes in Kinshasa, upto 30 people feared dead

Kinshasa: A military transport plane belonging to the Congolese Army crashed near Kinshasa on Saturday, killing "several dozens" people, military and airport sources told AFP.

The Antonov transport plane had just taken off and had "several dozen people" on board, an airport source told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

DR Congo military plane crashes in Kinshasa upto 30 people feared dead

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The plane went down in Nsele, about 100 kilometers to the east of Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the source said.

A local official in the area of the crash told AFP there were "no survivors".

The plane, which had a Russian crew, was carrying "two vehicles and weapons" and military personnel, a source at the army's headquarters told AFP, also speaking on condition of anonymity.

He said there were "between 20 and 30 people" on board when it took off from Ndolo airport in Kinshasa.

A witness at the crash site told AFP he had seen the plane "falling" from the sky shortly before 9:00 am but said there was no sign of any smoke coming from the aircraft.

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