According to the New York Times, two people were rescued, including one crew member, before the plane exploded.The 19-seat plane was operated by the private carrier Busy Bee. The plane was flying to the city of Beni when it crashed into residential homes near Goma’s airport.
Reports also suggested that the plane had taken off at 9.10 am.
Congo’s aviation industry doesn’t have a good record, with plane crashes frequently occurring due to poor maintenance and lax safety standards, according to New York Times.
In fact, all Congolese commercial carriers, including Busy Bee, are banned from operating in the European Union.