A humanitarian aid flight carrying 17 people crashed on a ridge in eastern Congo, and the U.S.-based group that operated the route said on Tuesday there appeared to be no survivors.
The 21-seat Beechcraft 1900 aircraft disappeared in bad weather late Monday with two crew and 15 passengers on board, a spokeswoman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said. it was located Tuesday morning, about 9 miles northwest of the airstrip at Bukavu in eastern Congo, its intended destination, Elisabeth Byrs told journalists in Geneva.
Air Serv International, a which runs the twice-weekly aid delivery between Kisangani and Bukavu said, said in a statement that the plane was located on a steep ridge and that helicopter surveys suggested all 17 aboard had died.
”According to the information in our possession, there were no survivors,” Amy Cathey, a manager for the Warrenton, Va- based Air Serv in the regional vcapital of Goma told Congo’s U.N,- funded radio station. The U.N teams were” securing the site and searching for and recovering victims’ bodies,” Cathey said.