South Africa’s IOL News has a story about a tragic plane crash in the DRC which claimed the lives of all 17 people onboard. The flight was operated by AirServ.org which we highlighted a few weeks back. Members of the UNDP, OCHA, MSF, Handicap International and the DRC parliament were onboard when the plane crashed northwest of Bukavu in eastern DRC. Airserv.org has issued a press release. From the article:
Kinshasa – All 17 people aboard a humanitarian aid plane died when it crashed into a mountain in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN peacekeeping mission in the country confirmed Wednesday.
The victims included a Canadian member of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), an Indian employed by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid, a French national and a national of neighbouring Congo who worked for Paris-based Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF – Doctors Without Borders).
The others on the plane were all from the DRC.
According to the UN, four worked for the UNDP, three for the non-government organisation Handicap International and four were civil servants working in the DRC parliament.
Our thoughts are with the friends and family members of those lost in the crash.