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Busy Bee plane crashes in Congo, hits residential neighborhood

Christian Fernsby |
The passenger jet crashed into a residential neighborhood in the city of Goma while taking off from the nearby airport.

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Topics: BUSY BEE    PLANE    CRASH    CONGO   

The airline, local company Busy Bee, said there were 16 passengers and two crew members on board.

Air accidents are relatively frequent in Congo because of lax safety standards and poor maintenance. All Congolese commercial carriers, including Busy Bee, are banned from operating in the European Union.

North Kivu regional governor Nzanzu Kasivita Carly said there had been deaths, but did not give a number.

The plane crashed into houses in the Mapendo neighbourhood after "missing" its take-off from the city's international airport, he added.

Residents on the ground were among the casualties, local media reports said.

The Dornier-228 aircraft was owned by private carrier Busy Bee.

It was supposed to fly to Beni, 350km (220 miles) north of Goma, when it came down about a minute after take-off, a source at Goma airport told the BBC.

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