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vaberella Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 06:14 PM
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U.N. plane crashes in Congo, at least 20 dead
Source: Reuters

The United Nations confirmed the crash, adding that both Congolese and foreign nationals were on the flight. The operator of the plane, Georgian flag carrier Airzena Georgian Airways, said the crew was Georgian.

"Definitely there are casualties, but we can't give figures, investigations are ongoing, people are still working at the crash site," U.N. mission spokesman George Ola Davies told Reuters.

The U.N.' 19,000-strong peacekeeping mission is backing Congo government efforts to fight rebel groups that have been haunting the country's troubled east since a 1998-2003 civil war that killed five million people.

Health Ministry official Joseph Kiboko said least 20 of the 32 passengers and crew on the U.N. flight were killed after the plane lost control in high winds during landing.

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