A military cargo plane on Saturday crashed in Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa killing the crew, the director of the city’s main airport said.
The number of crew members on board is yet to be ascertained.
Reuters quotes George Tabor the director of N’djili Airport in Kinshasa as saying that the plane was a military cargo plane and that “it wasn’t transporting passengers”.
“The crew did not survive the crash”, he added.
An agent at Congo’s aviation agency, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the plane was an Antonov 12 destined for the eastern city of Bukavu.
It failed to take off properly from N‘djili and crashed into the surrounding neighbourhood of Nsele, he added. It was not immediately clear if anyone was killed or injured on the ground.
Reuters reports further that air accidents are relatively frequent in Congo due to lax safety standards. All Congolese commercial carriers are banned from operating in the European Union.