Atleast 26 people are confirmed dead on UN plane clash.

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By David M. Lukoya

KISHASA, DRC-A UN plane, originating from Kisangani in the north-eastern Orientale province, crashed as it was trying to land during torrential rain in Kinshasa N’djili airport.

The UN owned plane crashed on Monday 04th, April carrying 29 passengers, including United Nations Mission Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) staff members and peacekeepers, and three crew members.

People, who were at the airport, including family members of passengers, then ran to MONUSCO’s terminal, as ambulances were busy removing bodies from the wreckage, the Great Lakes Voice source at the airport said.

Emergency medical teams were dispatched immediately to the scene. According to preliminary reports, the plane was disturbed by the bad weather conditions.

However, the An emergency team was established to gather further information to be announced later, MONUSCO said in a statement released Monday evening.

The UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) lost 14 staff members, while staff working for the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) also lost their lives.

The death toll also includes non-UN staff, including employees of the DRC Government, the Congolese electoral commission, the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and contractor Pacific Architects and Engineers (PAE).

Three UN Volunteers (UNVs) working for MONUSCO were among the victims: Carlos Manuel Bastos de Barros of São Tomé and Principe, who served as an electoral logistics officer; Jeroen Bervoets, a management assistant from Belgium; and Esinam Safo, an air operations assistant from Ghana.

The mission lost two military personnel from Bangladesh – Major K.M. Ziaul Haque and Corporal Md Younus Meah – and an Ivorian UN Police (UNPOL) officer, Hyacinthe Die Vany.

The other MONUSCO staff named included: Kadiatouo Thiero, an administrative assistant from Mali; Gracia Jonas Maforikan, an electoral officer from Benin.



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