Aid plane crashes in Congo with 17 on board

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- There are apparently no survivors after a humanitarian aid flight carrying 17 people crashed on a ridge in eastern Congo.

A U.N. spokesman says the 21-seat Beechcraft 1900 aircraft disappeared in bad weather late yesterday with two crew members and 15 passengers on board.

The plane was located this morning, about 9 miles northwest of the airstrip at Bukavu (boo-KAH'-voo) in eastern Congo, its intended destination.

Air Serv International runs the twice-weekly aid delivery system. It says the plane is located on a steep ridge and that helicopter surveys suggested all 17 aboard had died.

U.N. teams are said to be "securing the site and searching for and recovering victims' bodies."

Air Serv International, based in Virginia, describes itself as a not-for-profit aviation organization that supports humanitarian programs worldwide.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 27763849 -
Gray Television, Inc.