More Than 30 Killed in UN Plane Crash in Capital of DR Congo

NEW YORK–(ENEWSPF)–4 April 2011 – Only one person out of 33 passengers and crew members has survived a United Nations plane crash today at the main airport in the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The plane, which had been travelling from the north-eastern city of Kisangani, was attempting to land in heavy rain at N’Djili airport in Kinshasa when it crashed about 1 p.m. local time.

The UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) reported that the plane was carrying 29 passengers and four crew members, and the passengers included both UN and non-UN staff.

MONUSCO has set up a task force in the wake of the crash to lead the investigation and determine what follow-up actions are needed. Counsellors are being provided for affected staff and a hotline is also being established for the families and friends of the crash victims.

The mission said that the names of the victims will be released after their bodies have been positively identified and the next of kin informed.