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A passenger plane crashes into Lake Victoria in Tanzania, killing 19 people.

ByJosh Taylor

Nov 7, 2022

Regional authorities report that 26 people have been saved after the Precision Air plane crashed due to adverse weather, carrying 43 people, including 39 passengers, on flight PW 494 from the lakeside city to the financial hub Dar es Salaam.
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — The Precision Air flight carrying dozens of passengers crashed into Lake Victoria as it approached the northwest city of Bukoba on Sunday, leaving 19 people dead, according to Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa.
After reaching the airport in Bukoba, where the plane was supposed to land from the nation’s financial centre Dar es Salaam, Majaliwa addressed the gathering. The 19 people who lost their lives in this disaster are mourned alongside you by all Tanzanians, she stated.
A plane carrying a large number of passengers crashed into Lake Victoria in Tanzania on Sunday, killing at least 19 people.
When a Precision Air plane carrying 43 people, including 39 passengers, crashed due to poor weather, 26 people were saved.
Precision Air, the largest private airline in Tanzania and a publicly traded company, reported that it had dispatched rescuers to the area.
Local television broadcast video of the tragedy as rescuers, including fishermen, waded through water to pull victims to safety. The majority of the plane could be seen submerged. Emergency services raised the aeroplane out of the water using cranes and ropes, with the help of the townspeople.
Moussa Faki Mahamat, the head of the African Union Commission, and Peter Mathuki, the secretary general of the East African Community grouping in the area, both offered their condolences for the accident.
In addition to expressing his entire support for Tanzania’s government and people, Faki posted on Twitter that his thoughts and prayers were with the families of the passengers whose jet had fallen into Lake Victoria.
Additionally on Twitter, Mathuki expressed his sympathies to Mama Samia Suluhu Hassan, the families, and friends of everyone who was impacted by the Precision Air plane crash.
11 passengers were killed five years ago when a plane belonging to the safari company Coastal Aviation crashed in northern Tanzania. All 157 passengers and crew members were killed when an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft from Addis Ababa to Nairobi crashed into a field southeast of the Ethiopian capital six minutes after takeoff in March 2019.
In 2007, a Kenya Airways flight carrying 114 passengers from Abidjan, Ivory Coast, to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, crashed into a swamp shortly after takeoff, killing everyone on board.
Minutes after takeoff, a different Kenya Airways flight from Abidjan to Nairobi in 2000 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, killing 169 passengers and leaving 10 survivors.

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