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38 dead in DR Congo plane crash

world Updated: Oct 05, 2007 10:48 IST

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Thirty-eight people were killed and 30 were injured when a plane crashed in Kinshasa today, according to a new toll from the ministry of humanitarian affairs.

"This plane had on board, as well as the three crew members, 20 passengers who all died," the ministry said in a statement.

Fifteen other people were killed and 30 injured on the ground when the Antonov 26 crashed into a crowded district of eastern Kinshasa, the statement said.

The plane hit several houses in the heavily-populated neighbourhood of Kimbaseke, near the airport from which it had just taken off, it added.

The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo said earlier that 25 people were killed in the crash.

Civil aviation authorities had said 19 people were reported to be on board, while police reported nobody had survived the crash and fire but officials said planes often gave incorrect passenger manifests to avoid paying taxes.