Small passenger plane crashes in Tanzania

NAIROBI, Kenya (HPD) — A small passenger plane crashed into Lake Victoria on approach to an airport in Tanzania on Sunday morning.

Twenty-six of the 43 people aboard the Precision Air flight from the coastal city of Dar es Salaam had been rescued and taken to a hospital after the plane crashed en route to Bukoba airport, according to local authorities.

Media reports showed photos of the plane largely submerged in the lake.

“We have managed to save quite a few people,” Kagera Provincial Police Commander William Mwampaghale told reporters.

“When the aircraft was about 100 meters (328 feet) (high), it had problems and bad weather. It was raining and the plane sank in the water. Everything is under control,” she said.

Mwampaghale said the rescues were still going on.

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