Oh My God, another airplane crash in Congo!
The sad part of the equation, travel by air is a NECESSITY. You can not travel by highway, rail, or waterway. For me to get from Kinshasa, the capital, to Kananga, a provincial capital, it would take weeks or longer. One way is go by boat (Kinshasa to Illebo) and train (Illebo to Kananga). But we have been waiting on the train from Illebo to arrive in Kananga for about two months or more. Two weeks ago, it finally left Illebo but it derailed a few miles out of the station.
God Have Mercy!
A passenger plane crashed in a thunderstorm as it was trying to land in Kisangani, Congo, on Friday, killing at least 48 people.
The authorities said 53 passengers survived and that at least a dozen people were trapped in the wreckage.
“I confirm the crash of one of our planes,” Stavros Papaioannou, the chairman and chief executive of Hewa Bora Airways, said in a telephone interview. “There are already 46 bodies at the morgue, and another two that just died in the hospital.”
The plane had departed from Kinshasa, the capital, and was bound for Kisangani in the northeastern part of the country.
A government spokesman, Lambert Mende, said the plane went down in bad weather a few yards from the Kisangani airport. “It was due to the thunder,” he said. “There are around 50 dead and 53 survivors, as well as a dozen people still unaccounted for.”
Hewa Bora, which means “Fresh Air” in Swahili, has a history of crashes.