Cargo Plane Crash in Eastern DRC, Eight Feared Dead

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A cargo plane carrying presidential staff of the Democratic Republic of Congo crashed in the eastern part of the country with all eight passengers on board feared killed.

Search and Rescue teams in the country on Friday, said they are yet to find any bodies, a presidential adviser told Reuters

The plane, carrying President Felix Tshisekedi’s driver, a logistics manager and some soldiers, was headed from Goma to the capital Kinshasa and went off radar on Thursday afternoon, an hour after departing, a statement from the civil aviation authority said.

Debris of the plane has been found but the passengers are still missing, said adviser Vidiye Tshimanga. He had told Reuters earlier on Friday that eight bodies had been found but said that information was incorrect.

The cause of the accident was not yet clear.

Local media showed a crowd of hundreds of Tshisekedi supporters hitting the streets of Kinshasa after the news broke on Friday morning, fearing that the plane crash had been some kind of failed coup attempt against Tshisekedi. The president took over from long-standing former President Joseph Kabila this year.

No information immediately backed up such a claim.

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