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Plane crashes in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria, many rescued, 26 still missing

Tanzania Plane Crash: A plane carrying 43 people crashed into Lake Victoria due to bad weather shortly before landing in the Tanzania’s northwestern city of Bukoba on Sunday (November 6). A local official said that 43 people were on board the Precision Air flight, out of which 26 were rescued and sent to the hospital. Rescuers and local fishermen are at the scene to search for survivors. Emergency workers are using ropes to rescue a plane from Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest.

“We want to see if the landing gear is stuck so we can ask for more technical assistance to get it out of the water,” top regional official Albert Chalmila said. At the same time, Tanzania’s largest private airline Precision Air has issued a statement confirming the accident. “Rescue teams have been dispatched to the scene and more information will be released in two hours,” the airline said.

The plane was largely submerged in water
Video footage circulated on local media showed the plane largely submerged in water. The plane is almost completely submerged above the water with only brown and green tail fins surrounded by rescue personnel and fishing boats. Emergency personnel tried to lift the plane out of the water using ropes with the help of cranes.

President Hassan expressed condolences
President Samia Suluhu Hassan has expressed condolences to the affected people and appealed to maintain peace as the rescue operation continues. Actually, the plane was flying from Das es Salaam, the largest city of Tanzania, to Mwanza via Bukoba. Then he had to face storm and heavy rain.

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Please note that Precision Air is owned by Kenya Airways. It was established in 1993 and operates domestic and regional flights as well as private charters to popular tourist destinations such as the Serengeti National Park and the Zanzibar Archipelago.

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