According to Tanzanian authorities, 19 people were killed when a Precision Air plane carrying 43 people crashed into a lake on November 6.
In parallel, according to the Washington Post, 19 people have been confirmed dead in the crash of Precision Air's PW 494 passenger plane in Tanzania on the morning of November 6.
The initial reports indicate that 26 people on board the aircraft were rescued and taken to hospital. It is not known if any of these people died in hospital.
The airliner, which was carrying 43 people including 39 passengers, two pilots and two crew members, was on its way from the capital Dar es Salaam to the lakeside town of Kagera when it crashed.
Noteworthy facts :
Bukoba Airport is located on the shores of Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake. Precision Air is also Tanzania's largest private airline.
According to Tanzanian state broadcaster TBC, 15 passengers have been rescued, but the total number of passengers and crew on board has not yet been determined. Therefore, the exact number of casualties has yet to be determined.
The plane had departed from the city of Dar es Salaam and encountered problems as it was about to land at the airport in Bukoba after a two-hour flight. The initial cause was attributed to bad weather conditions in the Bukoba area with typhoons and strong winds.
Video and photos circulating on social media show the plane almost completely submerged, with only the green and brown tail visible above the water. Lifeboats have been deployed and rescuers are doing their best to rescue other passengers trapped inside the plane.
Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan appealed for calm as the rescue operation goes on.
"I am saddened to receive news of the crash involving a Precision Air aircraft," he said.
President Hassan shared on Twitter. "At this moment we need to calm down and pray, while rescuers continue their rescue mission."s.
Info Source : Washington Post, Reuters