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Two people, a flight engineer and a stewardess, have survived in the crash of an Antonov cargo plane in Congo earlier on Thursday
Two people, a flight engineer and a stewardess, have survived in the crash of an Antonov cargo plane in Congo earlier on Thursday. There were 27 people on board the An-26 plane that came down on a blighted area near international airport N’Djili a minute after it took off, a representative of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) reported. Military of the MONUC, the biggest peacekeeping contingent of the United Nations (17,000 people), are engaged in rescue work. Earlier, police reported there were 19 people on board and there were no survivors on board. Eyewitnesses say the plane hit about ten houses near the airport as it crashed. The number of casualties on the ground is still unknown. Air crashes are frequent in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where about 50 private companies are operating. They often use old planes without proper maintenance. A similar accident happened in 1996, when an An-32 plane failed to take off and crashed into a nearby marketplace. About 300 people were killed then, while two Russian pilots were sentenced to prison terms. They were released by rebels, seizing Kinshasa in 1997. The year 2003 saw the crash of an Il-76, flying from Kinshasa to Lubumbashi. Two major crashes have already taken place this year.
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