Precision Air ATR 42 crashes into lake in Tanzania

Aircraft carrying 43 people and was about to land at Bukoba Airport. According to reports, at least 19 of them died

A Precision Air ATR 42-500 turboprop crashed at Lake Victoria near Bukoba Airport, Tanzania on the morning of Sunday 6 November.

The aircraft was about to land and ended up partially sinking near the edge of the lake. Authorities confirmed at least 19 deaths among the 43 occupants – 39 passengers and four crew.

Bukova Airport has a runway that is 1,385 meters long and the weather at the time of the crash was considered poor.

Flight PW 494 had departed Dar es Salaam and crashed at 8:53 am local time, according to Precision Air, which said it had sent trained personnel to the scene to provide assistance.

People try to pull the aircraft out of the lake with ropes (Local media screenshot)

In video footage from local media, people could be seen pulling the aircraft with a cable close to the shore of the lake, which is in the north of the country, on the border with Uganda and Kenya.

The ATR 42-500 registration 5H-PWF was relatively new, having first flown in August 2010 and delivered to Precision Air itself.

The airline is the largest in Tanzania was founded in 1993 and operates with six other ATRs, five of them of the ATR 72-500 model.

 

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