The latest report indicates that so far 19 dead in precision air Sunday’s crash on Lake Victoria in tanzania has risen to 19, Prime Minister Kassim Majariwa said as a Precision Air flight carrying several passengers approached the northwestern city of Bukoba.
Regional authorities and the airline said 19 dead in precision air were among the 43 survivors on board PW 494 and 26 had been evacuated to safety and taken to a lake in the Kagera region. It was announced that he had been taken to a hospital in town.
It was not immediately clear whether 19 died included rescue workers who drowned, or if his 48-seat plane had more people on board than previously announced. , said a local official.
Kagera Regional Commissioner Albert Charamila said: “We are continuing to investigate. Two people were not on board but may have died during the rescue operation.” The company,
Precision Air, said it had dispatched rescue workers to the scene.
“An investigation team of Precision Air and TAA (Tanzania Airports Authority) technicians also departed to join the ground rescue team,” the airline said in a statement.
“We are continuing to investigate, there is a possibility that two people were not onboard but died during the rescue effort,” said Kagera regional commissioner Albert Chalamila.
Precision Air, a publicly-listed company which is Tanzania’s largest private airline, said it had dispatched rescuers to the scene
“Precision Air sincerely understands the concerns about the information identified and will do its best to provide further details,” the company said.
The aircraft was said to be an ATR 42-500 manufactured by the Toulouse-based French-Italian company ATR.
Emergency workers attempted to lift the aircraft out of the water using ropes, assisted by cranes as residents also sought to help.
President Samia Suluhu Hassan expressed her condolences to those affected by the accident.
“Let’s continue to be calm while the rescue operation continues as we pray to God to help us,” she said on Twitter.