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Congolese Plane Crash in Goma Killed Six People, Minister Says

Six people died when an airplane crashed in the Democratic Republic of Congo yesterday while attempting to land during a rainstorm in the eastern city of Goma, Transport Minister Justin Kalumba said.

The three passengers on the Compagnie Africaine d’Aviation Fokker 50 survived, while six employees of the airline perished when the plane landed in an empty plot a few minutes from the airport, he said today by phone from Kinshasa, the capital.

“What’s certain is they didn’t send a distress signal so they didn’t seem to have a technical problem,” Kalumba said. Investigators from the ministry flew to Goma early today to retrieve the plane’s black box, he said.

Congolese airlines, including CAA, are banned from flying within Europe. In November 2009, a CAA plane with the provincial governor on board overshot the runway in Goma, injuring several people. CAA flies to 34 destinations in Congo, according to its website.

In April 2008, a Hewa Bora Airways plane crashed on takeoff in Goma, killing 37 people on the ground and three on the plane. Three years later, at least 83 people were killed when a Hewa Bora aircraft crashed in the city of Kisangani.

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