10 Jul '11, 7am

Congo plane crashes; more than 50 dead

Congo plane crashes; more than 50 dead

Rescuers search the debris following the crash of a Boeing 727 operated by Hewa Bora as it attempted to land in heavy rain in Kisangani on July 8, 2011. -- PHOTO: AFP KINSHASA (Congo) - A PLANE crashed in a thunderstorm as it was attempting to land in the Congo on Friday, killing at least 48 people, and leaving a dozen or more buried in the wreckage. 53 passengers survived. A police spokesman added that more than dozen people were still stuck inside the plane, which was heading from the giant Central African nation's capital to Kisangani in the country's north-east. He added that the plane crashed a few metres from the Kisangani airport, citing thunder as the primary cause of the crash. The airline, Hewa Bora, has a history of crashes. In April in 2008, one of their DC-9s rammed into a bustling market after failing to lift off from an airport, killing at least 40 people, m...

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