A number of passengers on board a business flight operated by Precision Air which crashed into Lake Victoria in Tanzania on Sunday have been rescued, the airline and native officers stated.
Boats with emergency response personnel have been deployed to the crash web site at Africa’s largest lake close to Bukoba airport. The airline stated 26 folks had been rescued thus far earlier than including that no fatalities had but been confirmed, in line with an announcement posted to its Twitter account.
The flight had taken off from Tanzania’s business capital of Dar es Salaam however was “concerned in an accident because it was approaching Bukoba airport and crash landed in Lake Victoria,” the provider stated.
A complete of 43 folks have been on the flight, together with 39 passengers and 4 crew members, in line with the airline and Kagera provincial Commissioner Albert Chalamila.
Video circulating on social media taken by onlookers on the shores of Lake Victoria confirmed the plane submerged within the water with emergency responders coordinating rescue efforts from close by boats.
“We’re making an attempt to drag out the plane from the water. We’re making an attempt to examine if the wheels hit the bottom below water or work out another technique to push it out of the lake. Presently, there may be nonetheless communication from the cockpit. The pilots are nonetheless involved with us,” Chalamila stated.
Talking on the web site earlier Sunday, Kagera provincial police commander William Mwampaghale stated “every part is presently below management.”
“Rescue operations are underway, we now have thus far rescued a number of folks and finally we’ll be sure that we now have rescued everybody and eliminated the airplane out of the water,” he stated. “Those that have been rescued have been taken to our referral hospital.”
Tanzania’s President took to social media to name for calm whereas rescuers labored on the web site of a downed aircraft.
“I’ve obtained with disappointment the knowledge of the crash of the Precision Air flight at Lake Victoria, within the Kagera area,” President Samoa Suluhu wrote on Twitter Sunday.
“I ship my condolences to all these affected by this incident. Let’s proceed to be calm because the rescue operation continues and we pray to God to assist us.”
Precision Air is a Tanzanian airline primarily based out of Dar es Salaam.