UN confirms 32 killed in Congo crash

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 08:55

United Nations: Only one person survived
among the 33 UN personnel and crew members aboard a plane that crashed in Congo, UN officials said.

UN peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy told reporters he
had no detailed information about the sole survivor, who he
said was hospitalised after the crash in the Congolese city of
Kinshasa yesterday.

Le Roy said the cause of the crash had not been
determined, but investigators were looking at the possibility
that windy weather had caused the plane to miss the airstrip.

The craft came down next to the air strip and broke up upon landing, he said.
The UN peacekeeping mission in New York described the craft as a small passenger plane and said it was ferrying a
mix of mostly UN personnel, including peacekeepers. Le Roy
said the group was comprised of four crew members and 29
passengers who included a few workers for non-governmental
organisations.
A top Congolese aviation official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to speak
to the media, said the plane was traveling from Kisangani to
Kinshasa.
The Security Council yesterday expressed its "deepest
condolences" to the families of those who died. US Ambassador
Susan Rice issued a separate statement, saying "the loss of
humanitarians and peacekeepers today is a tragedy for the
United Nations."

The UN mission in Congo, known as MONUSCO, includes
more than 19,000 uniformed peacekeeping troops. The mission is
charged with protecting civilians in the enormous Central
African nation wracked by violence from a myriad of rebel
groups and militias.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 08:55

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