Tanzanian plane crashes into Lake Victoria in Africa, 19 . kill


Nineteen people died after a passenger plane crashed into Africa’s largest lake as it approached an airport in northwestern Tanzania, Radio One quoted Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa as saying.

The ATR turboprop aircraft was carrying 39 passengers from the Dar es Salaam commercial center in Tanzania to Bukoba. Earlier on Sunday, state broadcaster TBC had reported that 26 people had been “rescued” and some were still at work.

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Precision Air flight plunges into Lake Victoria on landing at Tanzania’s Bukoba Airport, authorities say rescue operations are underway
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— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) Nov 6, 2022

Images shared by East African media showed the plane was apparently intact after a dip in Lake Victoria, which borders Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.

Authorities are in contact with pilots still on the plane and are discussing the possibility of towing it to the country, regional commissioner Albert Chalamila said in a televised press conference earlier.

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A joint venture between Airbus SE and Italy’s Leonardo SpA, Toulouse-based ATR is building turboprops with as many as 78 seats, according to its website.

The rescued have been taken to hospital for medical care, Precision Air said. An investigation team, including the airline’s technical staff and the Tanzania Airports Authority, traveled to the accident site.

—With help from Patrick Sykes.

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Photo: Rescuers search for survivors after a Precision Air flight crashed into Lake Victoria, Tanzania on Nov. 6, 2022. Photo credit: Sitide Protase/TBEN/Getty Images

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