No fewer than 19 people died when a passenger plane crashed into Lake Victoria in Tanzania on Sunday while trying to land at a nearby airport.
The state Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) reported that the Flight PW494, operated by Precision Air, hit the water during storms and heavy rain. According to local authorities, rescuers in boats rushed to the wreckage, which was almost fully submerged, to pull out trapped passengers.
Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa told reporters in the lakeside city of Bukoba, close to the scene of the crash All Tanzanians join you in mourning these 19 people who have lost their lives, while investigators are looking into what happened.
The plane was carrying 39 passengers, including an infant, as well as four crew members.