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Many feared dead as plane crashes in Congo town

A plane carrying about 19 passengers and crew crashed on takeoff Sunday into a densely populated area of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The office of the provincial governor confirmed the crash.

The Dornier-228 aircraft had been headed for Beni, 350 kilometres (220 miles) north of Goma when it went down. It crashed into a residential area near Goma airport.

“There were 17 passengers on board and two crew members. It took off around 9-9.10 am (0700 GMT),” Busy Bee airline staff member Heritier Said Mamadou said.

Busy Bee, a recent company, has three planes serving routes in North Kivu province.

It was learnt that the plane crash resulted in several deaths.

The plane, operated by the company Busy Bee, crashed during takeoff for a flight to the city of Beni, North Kivu, Reuters reports.

As at time of this report, the number of fatalities was not yet clear.

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