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Rescue workers pull bodies from eastern DR Congo plane crash

The death toll from a plane that crashed into a densely populated neighbourhood in Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday (November 24) has risen to at least 27, including some people on the ground, a rescue official said.

Joseph Makundi, the coordinator of rescue services in Goma, told Reuters that 27 bodies had been recovered from the rubble so far, including those of several people hit by falling debris. 

The propeller plane operated by the local company Busy Bee, crashed shortly after take-off en route to the city of Beni, about 250 km (155 miles) to the north of Goma, according to officials.

An official from Busy Bee, who asked not to be named, said the 19-seater Dornier 228-200 crashed with 16 passengers and two crew on board.

There was no word yet on what might have caused the accident. 

A Reuters witness at the scene of the crash said two people were rescued before the plane exploded but it remains unclear how many people on the ground may have been killed or injured. 

Air accidents are relatively frequent in Congo because of lax safety standards and poor maintenance. All Congolese commercial carriers, including Busy Bee, are banned from operating in the European Union. 

(Production: Djaffar Sabiti, Okwi Okoh, Michael Fiorentino)

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