SA Military Plane Crash Lands And Catches Fire In Congo
A South African air force plane crash-landed and caught fire Thursday at the Goma airport in eastern Congo but there were no casualties, authorities said.
The C-130BZ military aircraft was transporting 59 passengers and eight crew members from the U.N mission when its left engine caught fire upon landing, said Mathias Gillman, acting spokesperson for the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo known as MONUSCO.
“MONUSCO sent a rescue team that brought the fire under control and everyone was safely evacuated, ” Gillman told The Associated Press.
The plane was returning from the eastern Congo city of Beni, where it was providing logistical support to the South African contingent deployed in the region, he said.
SANDF spokesperson, Siphiwe Dlamini confirmed the incident with Reuters.
“The South African National Defence Force confirms that one of its aircraft crash-landed in the DRC this afternoon. For now I can confirm that none of those on board were injured nor did we suffer an fatalities,” she said.
The South African National Defence Force in a statement confirmed the incident with one of its aircraft and said a board of inquiry will be convened to investigate what happened.
Part of the plane was damaged during the landing.
South Africa is one of the top five troop contributors to the U.N. peacekeeping force in Congo.
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