Three Belgians survive air disaster in Congo
More Belgians could be among the victims but Belgian diplomat says no further details could be released due to inaccurate list of passengers.17 April 2008
BELGIUM - Three Belgians were among the survivors of Tuesday's air disaster in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Thirty-seven people died in the crash. Over 100 people were injured. Most of the people on the aircraft itself survived the crash.
The accident occurred just after the aircraft had left the eastern city of Goma.
Most of those who perished were residents of the neighbourhood where the plane came down.
The aircraft was a McDonnell-Douglas DC-9 owned by Hewa Bora Airways. It had 79 people on board.
First reports suggest an engine problem caused the crash.
The plane was on a flight from Goma to the Congolese capital Kinshasa.
The Belgian survivors are being repatriated via the Rwandan capital Kigali.
One Belgian diplomat said that more Belgians could be among the victims, but this was difficult to tell as the details on the passenger list did not seem very accurate.
Congolese airlines have a reputation for failing to maintain their craft properly. As a result they are not allowed to fly to destinations in the EU.
[flandersenews.be / Expatica]