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19 Dead after Air plane crashes into Lake Victoria in Tanzania

Precision Air Plane Crash: An eyewitness said the plane approached the airport in poor visibility conditions and then took a turn to land, but missed and fell into the lake.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: A Precision Airline passenger plane crashed in Lake Victoria near Bukoba in the East African country of Tanzania. The plane went straight into the lake. So far 19 people have died in the accident.

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The country’s Prime Minister Qasim Majliva said officials believed all the bodies had been recovered from the plane. A team of doctors and security agencies has started the process of identifying the dead and informing the families.

43 passengers were onboarded
Earlier, the airline had said that 26 of the 43 people on board have been rescued. According to the prime minister, it is not yet clear whether two of the dead were local residents who were assisting in rescue operations or whether airline employees were left out of the flight manifesto. “We will investigate where the other two came from,” he said.

The news agency Reuters quoted Precision Air as saying that flight PW494 had taken off from the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam to the lakeside Bukoba, but before landing at the city’s airport, it was in the lake itself. Crash landing happened.

plane completely submerged

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Post-crash photos showed that the plane was almost completely submerged, with only its brown and green tail visible. The passengers who were evacuated from the plane were taken to the hospital, the official said.

According to the official, two pilots survived, but they were trapped in the cockpit, who were talking to the officers. Rescuers and local fishermen were rescuing people trapped inside the plane after the accident. An attempt was made to drag the aircraft to the banks of the lake with the help of a rope.

The eyewitness told this to the state media

Such videos have come to the fore through social media, in which relief-rescue work is being seen and people are seen in chaos. Tanzania’s largest private airline Precision Air has identified the plane as ‘ATR-48’ and company officials did not give further details about the accident.

The cause of the accident is being investigated, but Tanzania’s state media say the accident happened amid a storm and heavy rain. According to Reuters, an eyewitness told the Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) that he saw the plane approach the airport in poor visibility conditions and then take a turn to land, but missed and landed in the lake.

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President expressed condolences

President Samia Suluhu Hassan has offered condolences to the victims of the accident and called for peace as rescue operations continue. Precision Air is the largest private airline in Tanzania and is partly owned by Kenya Airways. The company was established in 1993. It operates domestic and regional flights.

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