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Authorities in Congo say 127 died in plane crash

Other News Materials 9 July 2011 12:45
Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have put the death toll at 127 from a plane crash in dense forest near the eastern city of Kisangani, according to a report Saturday.
Authorities in Congo say 127 died in plane crash

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have put the death toll at 127 from a plane crash in dense forest near the eastern city of Kisangani, according to a report Saturday, dpa reported.

Broadcaster Al Jazeera said the Transport Ministry updated the death toll following overnight rescue operations. The ministry said 51 people survived the crash of the Boeing 727 aircraft.

Hewa Bora Airways said after the crash Friday that the plane was carrying 110 passengers, of whom 57 survived.

But a ministry spokesman said Saturday that the airline had undercounted the number of people onboard, according to Al Jazeera.

The crash was blamed on bad weather.

More than 30 airlines in DR Congo, including Hewa Bora, are subject to a European Union ban due to safety concerns.

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