Kinshasa, (Prensa Latina) At least 127 people died and 51 people survived a plane crash at the airport of Kisangani, northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, as confirmed by the Ministry of Transportation of this African country.
The spokesman of the Ministry of Transportation, Gudile Bualya said this disaster occured in the last hours and attributed it to adverse weather conditions.
Stavros Papaioannou, director of the Congolese aviation company Hewa Bora, had said that the deceased were only 46, which was interpreted as an attempt to minimize the magnitude of the tragedy.
Witnesses said that the airplane crashed in a forest near the airport, apparently after trying to land without success.
In 2008, a DC-9 aircraft of the airline Hewa Bora crashed in the city of Goma, eastern DR Congo, causing 44 deaths.