A small passenger plane crashed into Lake Victoria while approaching an airport in Tanzania, the AFP has reported.
Local authorities have confirmed that 26 out of 43 passengers on board the ill-fated Precision Air flight from the coastal city of Dar es Salaam have been rescued and rushed to a hospital.
The plane crashed while approaching Bukoba Airport and photos circulating online show the plane mostly submerged in the lake.
“We have managed to save quite a number of people,” Kagera province police commander William Mwampaghale told journalists.
“When the aircraft was about 100 meters (328 feet) midair, it encountered problems and bad weather. It was raining and the plane plunged into the water. Everything is under control,” he said.
Mwampaghale said rescue efforts continued.
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