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An-26 Crash In Central Congo

Mon Dec 01, 2003 5:02 pm

Kinshasa - A Soviet-made aircraft has crashed in central Congo, killing all 22 people on board, a Congo government spokesperson has announced.

The crash happened just after takeoff at the city of Boende, 800km north-east of the capital, Kinshasa.

The plane was an Antonov 26.

Hamadoun Toure, a UN spokesperson, said the plane was not one of those belonging to Congo's UN's military mission, which is overseeing cease-fires and peace deals in the central African nation after a five-year war.

A fact-finding team would go to the area on Sunday to try to determine circumstances of the crash.

The Boende airstrip had no air-traffic control, said Georges Kikuni, a national aviation official in Kinshasa.

The crash comes a few days after a boat collision on a west Congo lake killed more than 180 people, and left scores missing.

Some but not much info here: http://aviation-safety.net/database/2003/031129-0.htm

[Edited 2003-12-01 09:15:23]