Nairobi, Kenya — A business flight from Tanzania operated by Precision Air crashed in dangerous climate into Lake Victoria on Sunday, killing 19 folks.

The nation’s Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa, mentioned authorities imagine all of the our bodies from the airplane have been recovered.

“We’re beginning to take away baggage and private objects from the airplane. A crew of medical doctors and safety businesses have began the method of figuring out the useless and notifying the households,” Majaliwa mentioned.

The airline confirmed the dying toll and adjusted the variety of survivors to 24 in an up to date assertion late Sunday. Beforehand, the provider and native officers had mentioned that 26 of the 43 folks on board had been rescued. CNN reported.

“Precision Air extends its deepest condolences to the households and mates of the passenger and crew concerned on this tragic incident. The corporate will attempt to supply them with the knowledge and help they want at this tough time,” the airline mentioned.

“The names of the passengers and crew on board the plane won’t be launched till all members of the family have been notified,” it added.

The flight, which included 39 passengers and 4 crew members, had taken off from Tanzania’s business capital Dar es Salaam and headed for the town of Bukoba earlier than sinking into Lake Victoria because it ready to land.

Video circulated on social media taken by bystanders on the shores of Lake Victoria confirmed the airplane submerged within the water with emergency companies coordinating rescue efforts from close by boats.

Precision Air CEO Patrick Mwanri appeared visibly distraught as he spoke to reporters in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.

Mwanri’s voice cracked and he or she needed to pause to wipe away tears when she mentioned that the airplane had left round 6 am.

“However at 0853 our Operations Management Heart acquired a report that the airplane had not arrived,” he mentioned in a televised assertion.

The accident is believed to have occurred on last strategy to the airport whose runway begins proper subsequent to Lake Victoria, the most important freshwater lake in Africa.

Native authorities instructed dangerous climate could have performed a task within the crash, saying the realm had been below heavy rain and robust winds on the time.

The regional airline opened a Disaster Administration Heart and established info areas in Bukoba and Dar es Salaam to speak with the households of passengers.

Following information of the crash, the Tanzanian president took to social media to enchantment for calm as rescuers labored on the scene of the downed airplane.

“It was with unhappiness that I acquired the knowledge of the accident of the Precision Air flight in Lake Victoria, within the Kagera area,” President Samia Suluhu Hassan wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

“I ship my condolences to everybody affected by this incident. Allow us to stay calm because the rescue operation continues and pray to God to assist us.”

Precision Air is a Tanzanian airline primarily based in Dar es Salaam.

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