A domestic passenger plane has plunged into Lake Victoria in Tanzania Sunday morning due to bad weather shortly before landing in the northwestern city of Bukoba.
Confirming the report, the Tanzanian regional police commander William Mwampaghale said, “There was an accident involving a Precision Air plane which crashed into water about 100 metres from the airport,” told reporters at Bukoba airport.
“The situation is under control as security teams are working hard to rescue people,” Mwampaghale added.
“The rescue team has been dispatched to the scene and more information will be released in 2 hours’ time.”
The accident comes five years after 11 people died when a plane belonging to a safari company crashed in northern Tanzania.
No information was immediately available on the number of passengers aboard the plane, but local media reports said around 49 people were on the flight from financial capital Dar es Salaam to the lakeside city.