A passenger plane crashed into Lake Victoria in Tanzania on Sunday while attempting to land in bad weather at an airport in Bukoba northwest of the African country.
Three people died when a plane carrying dozens of passengers plunged into Lake Victoria in Tanzania on Sunday. As it approached the northwestern city of Bukoba, the fire and rescue service said."Three are reported dead.
Rescue is ongoing,", It also said in a statement after 26 survivors were pulled to safety following the crash of the Precision Air plane, which was flying from financial capital Dar es Salaam with 43 people aboard. The aircraft, which had departed from the capital, Dar es Salaam, "fell in Lake Victoria this morning due to storm and heavy rains," TBC reported. Video footage and images circulated on social media showed the plane almost fully submerged, with only its green and brown-colored tail visible above the water line.
TBC added that rescue boats were deployed, and emergency workers continued to rescue other passengers trapped in the plane. Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan called for calm as the rescue operation continued. "I have received with sadness the news of the accident involving Precision Air's plane," she tweeted. "Let's be calm when rescuers continue with the rescue mission while praying to God to help us." Bukoba Airport lies on the shores of Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake. Precision Air is Tanzania's largest privately owned airline.