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Cargo plane crashes in Congo, killing presidential staff onboard

Map of DR Congo

Map of DR Congo

A cargo plane carrying presidential staff crashed in eastern Congo on Thursday, killing all eight passengers and crew, a presidential advisor told Reuters on Friday.

The plane, carrying President Felix Tshisekedi's driver, a logistics manager and some soldiers, was headed for the capital Kinshasa and went off radar on Thursday afternoon, an hour after departing, a statement from the civil aviation authority said.
 
It crashed in a forest in Maniema and broke up upon landing.
 
"There are no survivors. The bodies were all burnt to ashes," said advisor Vidiye Tshimanga.
 
The cause of the accident was not yet clear. Local media showed a crowd of hundreds of Tshisekedi supporters hitting the streets of Kinshasa after the news broke on Friday morning, fearing that the plane crash had been some kind of failed coup attempt against Tshisekedi.

The president took over from long-standing former President Joseph Kabila this year. No information immediately backed up such a claim.

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0 #1 kabayekka 2019-10-13 20:02
One hopes that this plane on the African continent has all the international insurance and regulations to have been flying safely in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

If the African people of the Congo came out expecting something else, that shows that they are not well informed about what their government is doing and telling them.

That is the type of rule the former President, Mobutu of that country loved most.
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0 #2 kabayekka 2019-10-13 20:26
This is an African country with one of the biggest territories on the African continent.

It should be having the largest fleet of air planes flying all over its provinces. Over 100 planes.

Plus many more air planes from all over the world. The young people of the Congo would be having lots of work in their own country other than migrating to Europe.

This is a country interlocked with The R. of Congo, Angola, Zambi, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan, Central Africa Republic and Cameroon is very much near by.
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0 #3 kabayekka 2019-10-13 20:30
It is a shame that up to now the Union of East African has not as yet accepted the Democratic Republic of Congo as a member of this Union when it put out its diplomatic interests.
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0 #4 rubangakene 2019-10-14 21:41
Funny isn't it that this crash happens at a time when the world is still reminiscing a similar fate that befell Dag Hamarksjold (UN boss in the 60s).

Congo is in a 'mess' at the moment despite all its mineral wealth; it will take a miracle for it to recover.
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