Tanzania is investigating a plane crash in Lake Victoria that killed 19 people
A total of 43 people, including 39 passengers and four crew members, were on board when it crashed, the airline said, adding that one of the passengers was an infant.
“Precision Air extends its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the passengers and crew involved in this tragic accident,” the airline said in a statement.
Airline spokeswoman Hilary Mremy told The Washington Post on Monday morning that the rescue was complete. But he said there were no further updates on the investigation into the cause of the crash.
The number of survivors has been reduced from the reported number earlier statement by the airline, which initially said there were 26 survivors.
In tweetTanzanian President Samia Sulukhu Hassan expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and thanked those who participated in the emergency rescue operation.
Tanzania’s Minister of Construction and Transport, Makame Mbarawa, said information on the cause of the crash would be released after an investigation was completed, and he insisted that air travel in the country was safe. according to local media.
The airline identified the downed plane as an ATR42-500. In The statement published on FacebookThe Franco-Italian manufacturer of the model, ATR Aircraft, said its officials were supporting the crash investigation in accordance with “established international protocols”. The aircraft manufacturing company added: “Our first thoughts are with the families and individuals affected by this accident.”
Photos from the crash site show emergency workers using small boats to rescue stranded survivors and ropes to pull the passenger plane to the shore of Lake Victoria.
According to survivors and witnesses, the crash happened after the plane encountered bad weather and the pilot decided to divert the plane.
“We were then informed that we would be landing soon, but there was severe turbulence. We later ended up in the lake,” survivor Richard Komba said BBC News. “Then water entered the plane and those sitting near the front were covered with it. I was in the back seat and most of us at the back of the plane were struggling to get out.”
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