Passenger plane crash-lands into Lake Victoria in Tanzania

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[1/3] People look astatine Precision Air level that crushed into Lake Victoria, Tanzania, November 6, 2022, successful this inactive representation obtained from a societal media video. Kanyika/ @startvtanzania1/via REUTERS

  • At slightest 26 radical rescued, nary deaths confirmed
  • Domestic formation was carrying 39 passengers
  • Precision Air says level crash-landed successful lake

DAR ES SALAAM, Nov 6 (Reuters) - A Precision Air formation carrying 39 passengers made a clang landing into Lake Victoria connected Sunday portion attempting to scope a adjacent airdrome successful Tanzania, the hose said.

At slightest 26 radical were rescued from the plane, the hose said successful a statement, adding that nary deaths had been confirmed.

Flight PW494, which departed from the commercialized superior Dar es Salaam, "crash landed" into the water arsenic it was approaching the lakeside metropolis of Bukoba, Precision Air added.

The origin was not instantly clear, but the authorities broadcaster said the incidental took spot amid storms and dense rains.

A witnesser told the Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) helium saw the level flying unsteadily arsenic it approached the airdrome successful mediocre visibility conditions, saying it took a crook for the airdrome but missed and went into the lake.

Video and pictures circulating connected societal media showed the level astir afloat submerged, with lone its greenish and brown-coloured process disposable supra the h2o enactment of Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake.

Rescue boats were deployed, and exigency workers were continuing to propulsion trapped passengers from the plane, TBC reported.

Rescue workers were successful interaction with the pilots successful the cockpit and were attempting to propulsion the level from the lake, Albert Chalamila, the main head of Tanzania's Kagera region, told reporters.

TBC footage showed scores of residents lasting on the shoreline and others wading into the shallow waters, arsenic rescuers carried connected with their efforts.

Precision Air, Tanzania's largest privately owned airline, identified the craft arsenic an ATR-48. Airline officials did not instantly respond to calls seeking further details astir the incident.

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan called for calm arsenic the rescue cognition continued.

"I person received with sadness the quality of the mishap involving Precision Air's plane," she tweeted. "Let's beryllium calm astatine this infinitesimal erstwhile rescuers are continuing with the rescue ngo portion praying to God to assistance us."

Additional reporting by Duncan Miriri Writing by Elias Biryabarema Editing by Alexandra Zavis, William Maclean and Helen Popper

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