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Tanzania Plane Crash:19 die, 24 Survive

The Tanzanian passenger plane “Precision Air” which crashed on Sunday claimed 19 lives as of the time of filing this report while 24 survivors were rescued.

This was confirmed by Precision Air in a statement issued shortly after the crash which had been blamed on bad weather.

“Precision Air regrets to confirm that 19 fatalities and 24 survivors have now been reported by the emergency services at the scene of the accident involving PW-494 which crashed at Lake Victoria in Bukoba today,” the airline said.

This was also corroborated by the country’s Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa who told reporters: “All Tanzanians join you in mourning these 19 people … who have lost their lives.”

According to Aljazeera, it was not immediately clear if the 19 victims included rescuers who drowned or whether the 48-seater aircraft had more people on board than previously disclosed, a regional official said.

“We are continuing to investigate,” said Chalamila. “There is a possibility that two people were not onboard but died during the rescue effort.”

However, Precision Air, Tanzania’s largest privately-owned airline, said it had dispatched rescuers to the scene.

The passenger plane crashed into Lake Victoria in Tanzania on Sunday while trying to land at a nearby airport, the prime minister and airline said.

The plane was carrying 39 passengers, including an infant, as well as four crew members, 

Flight PW494, operated by Precision Air, hit the water during storms and heavy rain, the state Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) reported.

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