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UN: South African military plane crash-lands in Congo




Rescuers attend the scene where a South African air force plane crash-landed and caught fire at the airport in Goma, eastern Congo.09.01.2020
Goma Airport (GOM), Democratic Republic of the Congo


A South African Air Force (SAAF) plane crash-landed and caught fire Thursday at the Goma airport in eastern Congo but there were no casualties, authorities said.
The Lockheed C-130BZ Hercules military aircraft (reg. 403) of SAAF 28 sqn was transporting 59 passengers and eight crew members from the U.N mission when its left engine caught fire upon landing.
The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo known as MONUSCO sent a rescue team that brought the fire under control and everyone was safely evacuated.
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.
The South African National Defence Force in a statement confirmed the incident with one of its aircraft and said a board of inquiry will investigate what happened.
South Africa is one of the top five troop contributors to the U.N. peacekeeping force in Congo.



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09.01.2020 - AircrashConsult