- Atman Mutulya
- From BBC Swahili News in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania).
19 people were killed when a passenger plane crashed into Lake Victoria while trying to land in the Tanzanian lakeside town of Bukoba.
There were 43 people on board the Precision Air flight, 24 of whom survived.
Among the people not yet found are two pilots and two crew members. Rescue teams and local fishermen are searching the area.
The plane is almost completely submerged, with only the rear section (called the fin) above water, surrounded by rescue teams and fishing boats.
One end of the Bukoba Airport runway is next to the lake.
Emergency crews use ropes to pull the ATR-42 aircraft out of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake.
“We want to see if the landing gear is stuck, so we can ask for more technical assistance to push it out of the water,” said senior regional officer Albert Salamila.
Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan expressed condolences to the victims of the crash and urged calm as rescue efforts continue.
The plane was flying from Tas es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city, via Mwanza to Bukoba when it reportedly encountered storms and heavy rain.
Precision Air is Tanzania’s largest private airline, partly owned by Kenya Airways. It was established in 1993 and operates domestic and regional flights.
– This text was originally published at https://www.bbc.com/portuguese/internacional-63533519
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