At least 24 people died after a plane crashed into a densely populated neighbourhood in the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo shortly after take-off on Sunday.
The aircraft, Dornier 228-200 operated by local company Busy Bee, was enroute to the city of Beni, about 250 km to the north went down into houses killing at least three on the ground.
The 19 seater aircraft was carrying 17 passengers and 2 crew and two people were rescued before the plane exploded.
It was unclear how many others on the ground may have been killed or injured.
The U.N. mission in Congo said it sent an Emergency Crash and Rescue team with two fire engines to support Congolese authorities.
Et c’est parti pour une énième mauvaise nouvelle venant de mon pays @LwarhibaM @PMaotela @BeverlyPANTIN @DusauchoyDenise @KimKimuntu @Mozart_Wilmus ! Crash d’un aéronef à Goma ce dimanche matin pic.twitter.com/QLJQ0qQS6S
— Yatuka Amisi (@amisi_yatuka) November 24, 2019
Un accident d’avion ce matin à Goma sur le quartier Birere. Et la population fait de son mieux pour atteindre le feu en attendant. pic.twitter.com/ZmNGm4xKhJ
— Elvis Katoto (@ekatoto) November 24, 2019