9 Jul 2011

Fatal air crash in Congo

6:03 am on 9 July 2011

A plane carrying 112 passengers and crew has crashed in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Up to 40 people have been found alive, but more than 50 others are reported to have died.

Officials said the plane, operated by the Congolese airline Hewa Bora, had tried to land in bad weather after a flight from Kinshasa.

There is no confirmation of the type of aircraft involved.

Hewa Bora is a private Congolese airline that runs scheduled flights from the capital, Kinshasa, to the central city of Kisangani and other destinations.

The BBC reports the company is on a European Union airline blacklist over safety concerns.

All other certified airlines in DR Congo are also on the EU blacklist.