Dozens die as cargo plane crashes in Congo

The Ilyushin a Soviet era designed plane crashes into homes and a bar as it tried to land in a storm in Brazzaville.

    Dozens die as cargo plane crashes in Congo
    Two hours after the crash, firefighters were still scouring the wreckage to look for victims [AFP]

    A cargo plan crashed at Brazzaville airport as it was trying to land in a storm, killing at least 30 residents and also the crew, emergency services and witnesses said.

    The plane skidded off the runway and crashed into houses and a bar in the Congolese capital before crashing into a ravine, said Georgelin Massemba, head of the emergency services.

    The crew, numbering three or four people, are thought to have died in the ensuing fire.

    Another 20 or so people had been injured in the crash and taken to nearby hospitals, said witnesses.

    The Ilyushin a Soviet era designed plane, registered with local company Aero-services, was flying in from the western port city of Pointe Noire carrying cars and other goods.

    A journalist at the scene said the crash happened during a violent storm.

    Two hours after the crash, firefighters were still scouring the wreckage to look for victims.

    Although the plane was to carry freight, they sometimes also carry people other than the crew.

    Africa has some of the worst air safety records in the world.

    In June a commercial jetliner crashed in Lagos, Nigeria, killing 153 people.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    From Zimbabwe to England: A story of war, home and identity

    The country I saw as home, my parents saw as oppressors

    What happens when you reject the identity your parents fought for and embrace that of those they fought against?

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    One woman shares the story of her life with polycystic kidney disease and sees parallels with the plight of the planet.

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    On a gorgeous Florida evening, a truck crashed into me. As I lay in intensive care, I learned who had been driving it.