On Sunday, a Tanzanian commercial airplane operated by Precision Air was forced to make an emergency landing in Lake Victoria due to poor weather conditions. A commercial airplane crashes into lake victoria in Tanzania. The disaster resulted in the deaths of 19 persons.
According to the Prime Minister of the country, Kassim Majaliwa, officials believe they have located and removed all of the bodies from the jet.
We are getting ready to remove passengers’ bags and other personal belongings from the aircraft. According to Majaliwa, the process of identifying the deceased and informing their families has been initiated by medical professionals and representatives from several security organizations.
In an updated statement issued on Sunday evening, the airline confirmed the death toll and reported that the number of survivors had been reduced to 24. Earlier, both the carrier and the officials from the surrounding area stated that 26 of the 43 individuals who were on board had been saved.
Precision Air would like to express its most sincere condolences to the families and friends of the crew members and passengers who were affected by this unfortunate occurrence. “The firm will make every effort to give them the information and any assistance they may require during this challenging time,” the airline stated.
“The names of passengers and personnel on board the aircraft will not be revealed until all next-of-kin have been notified,” it stated further. “The names of passengers and crew on board the aircraft will not be released.”
Breaking ! Precision Air's ATR aircraft crashed into Lake Victoria , near to the Bukoba Airport in Tanzania's Kagera region in the morning hours of November 6, 2022 . Rescue operation continues. pic.twitter.com/2llaoxPBVY
— FL360aero (@fl360aero) November 6, 2022
The plane had taken off from Tanzania’s commercial hub of Dar es Salaam and was on its route to the town of Bukoba when it suddenly dove into Lake Victoria as it was ready to land. On board were a total of 39 passengers in addition to four members of the flight crew.
A video that is going viral on social media shows people on the shoreline of Lake Victoria taking video of the sunken airplane while emergency personnel coordinate rescue efforts from neighboring boats.
When speaking to the media on Sunday in Dar es Salaam, Precision Air CEO Patrick Mwangi gave off an impression of being distressed.
Mwangi’s voice cracked and he had to pause to wipe away tears as he explained that the plane had taken off at 6 a.m. local time and that it was due to arrive in the lakeside town of Bukoba in the northwestern portion of the country at 8.30 a.m. Mwangi’s words were followed by a pause.
“The two pilots and two crew have not yet been found.
President Samia Suluhu Hassan has expressed her condolences to those affected “
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However, at 8:53 in the morning, our Operations Control Center received a notification that the aircraft in question had not arrived, as he explained in a statement that was shown on television.
It is believed that the disaster took place while the plane was making its final approach to the airport, which has a runway that begins right adjacent to Lake Victoria, the largest freshwater lake in Africa.
According to local officials, the region had been experiencing heavy rainfall and strong gusts at the time of the accident. These officials speculated that the severe weather may have affected the disaster.
The regional airline has built information areas in Bukoba and Dar es Salaam to interact with the passengers’ relatives. Additionally, the company has opened a Crisis Management Center.
It is a national tragedy! Losing 19 people in the PW plane accident is painful. I send our deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones in Bukoba. We, ACT Wazalendo, grieve with fellow Tanzanians and send our best wishes for a quick recovery to all those injured
— Zitto MwamiRuyagwa Kabwe (@zittokabwe) November 6, 2022
After hearing the news of the catastrophe, the President of Tanzania took to social media to issue an appeal for calm while rescue workers worked at the scene of the plane crash.
On Sunday, Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan stated on Twitter: “I have received with regret the report of the crash of the Precision Air flight in Lake Victoria, in the Kagera region.”
My deepest condolences go out to everyone who has been impacted by this tragic event. Let’s maintain our composure as the search-and-rescue effort moves forward and we pray to God for his assistance.
Happening now: Precision Air ATR 42-500 crashes into Lake Victoria while on approach to Bukoba Airport, Tanzania. It's not immediately clear how many passengers/crew on board or if there are any fatalities in the accident. More to follow. pic.twitter.com/RkygWNHiCt
— Breaking Aviation News & Videos (@aviationbrk) November 6, 2022
The city of Dar es Salaam is home to the Tanzanian airline known as Precision Air.
The aircraft was almost entirely immersed in water following the crash, with only the brown and green tail fin still visible. Kassim Majaliwa, the prime minister of Tanzania, visited the scene and declared that a thorough inquiry would be conducted to ascertain all of the crash’s causes.
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