‘DRC plane crash: UN confirms death toll’

by Jon Thompson on September 4, 2008

South Africa’s IOL News has a story about a tragic plane crash in the DRC which claimed the lives of all 17 people onboard.  The flight was operated by AirServ.org which we highlighted a few weeks back.  Members of the UNDP, OCHA, MSF, Handicap International and the DRC parliament were onboard when the plane crashed northwest of Bukavu in eastern DRC.  Airserv.org has issued a press release.  From the article:

Kinshasa – All 17 people aboard a humanitarian aid plane died when it crashed into a mountain in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN peacekeeping mission in the country confirmed Wednesday.

The victims included a Canadian member of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), an Indian employed by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid, a French national and a national of neighbouring Congo who worked for Paris-based Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF – Doctors Without Borders).

The others on the plane were all from the DRC.

According to the UN, four worked for the UNDP, three for the non-government organisation Handicap International and four were civil servants working in the DRC parliament.

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Our thoughts are with the friends and family members of those lost in the crash.

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