Kinshasa, the victims of the crash are at least 50
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic Congo - After the disaster, the Congolese Council of Ministers fired the Minister of Transport
(WAPA) - The number of the victims of the air crash happened on Thursday in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (see AVIONEWS), rises at 50. According to the Congolese authorities, the Antonov 26 aircraft, chartered by Africa One airline (a carrier which is included in the EU "Black list", see AVIONEWS), crashed near the Kinshasa airport due to an engine failure. Probably the plane was overladen. In fact, it transported 4 tons of cement.
Only a crew member, a Congolese man, has survived the accident. Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister said the other four crew members, three of which Russian, died.
Kudura Kasongo, President Joseph Kabila's spokesman, announced the Council of Ministers fired the Minister of Transport because "He had shown he was incapable of reforming the aviation sector" which is in a difficult position in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Avionews)