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Plane crash kills at least 24 people in eastern Congo

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A Dornier 228-200 plane operated by local company Busy Bee A Dornier 228-200 plane operated by local company Busy Bee is seen at the Goma International airport.
A Dornier 228-200 plane operated by local company Busy Bee A Dornier 228-200 plane operated by local company Busy Bee is seen at the Goma International airport. -
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At least 24 people died after a plane crashed into a densely populated neighbourhood in the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo shortly after take-off on Sunday.

The aircraft, operated by local company Busy Bee, was enroute to the city of Beni, about 250 km (155 miles) to the north, North Kivu Governor Carly Nzanzu Kasivita's office said in a statement.

An official from Busy Bee, said the 19-seater Dornier 228-200 crashed with 16 passengers and two crew on board.

A witness at the scene of the crash said two people were rescued before the plane exploded. It was unclear how many others on the ground may have been killed or injured.

Air accidents are relatively frequent in Congo because of lax safety standards and poor maintenance. All Congolese commercial carriers, including Busy Bee, are banned from operating in the European Union.

A cargo plane departing from the same airport crashed an hour after take-off in October, killing all eight passengers.

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