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Death toll in Busy Bee plane crash reaches nearly 30

Christian Fernsby |
The death toll from a plane crash near Goma Airport in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo rose to 29 late Sunday, said authorities.

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Topics: BUSY BEE    PLANE    CRASH   

North Kivu provincial Health Minister Moise Kanyere told reporters that the number of dead had risen from 23 reported earlier in the day.

A Dornier-228 twin turboprop aircraft owned by private carrier Busy Bee was heading to Beni, about 350 kilometers (220 miles) north of Goma, when it crashed three minutes after takeoff in Mapendo district near the airport in North Kivu province, according to Kanyere.

The dead included 18 passengers, two crew members and nine residents on the ground.

Local authorities said the casualties on the ground were members of the same family, who were preparing to go to Sunday church service.

Sixteen people with injuries were taken to two local hospitals for treatment.

Company officials attributed the crash to technical issues.

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