In Tanzania, an airliner crashes into Lake Victoria

An airliner crashed into Lake Victoria, Tanzania, on Sunday due to bad weather shortly before landing in the northwest town of Bukoba, police said, adding that rescue operations were underway.

“There was an accident of a (company) Precision Air plane which fell into the water about 100 meters from the airport,” regional police commander William Mwampaghale told reporters at the airport. Bukoba airport.

Ongoing operations to “rescue passengers”

No information was immediately available on the number of passengers on board the plane, but local media reported that around 49 people were on the flight from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s economic capital, to of Bukoba, a city located on the edge of the lake.

“The situation is under control as security teams are working hard to rescue passengers,” Commander Mwampaghale added.

Precision Air, which is Tanzania’s largest private airline, released a brief statement confirming the crash. “The rescue team has been dispatched to the scene and more information will be released in two hours,” the airline said.

The crash comes five years after eleven people died when a plane belonging to a safari company crashed in northern Tanzania.

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