Many dead as aeroplane crashes into residential neighbourhood in capital Kinshasa.
He told Reuters that a Congolese mechanic on board the plane had survived the accident and was alive in hospital.
Kinyongo said: “We now know there is a survivor in hospital. He’s the mechanic (of the plane).”
The accident was the fourth deadly crash involving old Soviet-era aircraft since June, and news of Kuseyo’s sacking came as Red Cross workers were still searching through rubble at the impact site.
At least 31 people were injured on the ground when the plane came down and ploughed through several houses before exploding in flames.
In March the minister had sought to enforce a policy of halting flights by more than 30 private firms and told 18 others to conform with safety standards.
This was followed by an order in September for all Antonovs to be grounded.
An airport security official who visited the crash site told Reuters that fire crews had experienced difficulty in reaching the burning wreckage.
“There are at least four houses burning, the airplane is burning… There’s a lot of smoke and flames, everybody in the houses must be dead,” he said.