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Crash of presidential cargo plane in Congo kills eight people

<b>Crash of presidential cargo plane in Congo kills eight people</b>An Antonov An-72 cargo plane operated by the Congolese Air Force crashed near Punia in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The aircraft was transporting logistical support for the president Félix Tshisekedi.
Thursday, October 10, 2019 A Russian Antonov An-72 cargo plane operated by the Congolese Air Force carrying presidential staff crashed near Punia, Maniema province in the eastern Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, killing all eight people on board


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Cathy Vikulchik 2019-10-15 at 21:38

Who are the victims? Why their identity is being concealed.

Four bodies pulled from Congo plane crash wreckage

Four unidentified bodies have been found in Congo amid the wreckage of a plane that had been carrying staff of Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi, the government said on Tuesday.
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Cathy Vikulchik 2019-10-12 at 22:11

The airplane departed from the Goma Airport at 15:32 local time on a cargo flight to Kinshasa, carrying four crew members, four passengers and various goods for the Congolese Presidency. The last contact with the flight was 59 minutes after takeoff from Goma Airport then the airplane disappeared without any distress call from the crew. The wreckage was found the following morning near Punia. According to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti, the flight crew may have been composed of Russian citizens. The aircraft was destroyed and all eight occupants were killed, among them two bodyguards and one personal driver of the Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi who returned from Goma to Kinshasa the same day in another aircraft. The Congolese Presidency confirmed that Félix Tshisekedi spent four days in Goma and that his personal Jeep was on board the AN-72.
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Tim Hortons 2019-10-12 at 10:41

The story was also reported by the British news organization Reuters.

Cargo plane crashes in Congo with presidential staff on board

A cargo plane carrying presidential staff crashed in eastern Congo on Thursday, and all eight passengers and crew are feared dead, a presidential adviser told Reuters on Friday.
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Cathy Vikulchik 2019-10-12 at 10:06

There have been many plane crashes in the past, all involving very old and poorly maintained aircraft

24 aircraft accidents in Congo since 2000

List of the 24 aircraft accidents in Congo since 2000, their location and number of fatalities
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