Ugandan pilot and Russian national die in DRC plane crash

A Ugandan pilot and a Russian national are believed to have died in a plane crash in the thick forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Captain Jackson Ninsiima, 34, born in Kiruhura, and Captain Peter Szabo, a Russian national, died in the accident on November 3 while apparently transporting goods from Kasese district in Uganda to Goma in the DRC, using a private plane.
However, unconfirmed information indicates that an unidentified third party was on board at the time of the accident.

The accident was reportedly discovered following a frantic three-day search that ended with the wreckage being recovered from the thick forests on November 6.
Speaking to this publication on Monday, Kiruhura District Local Government Chairman Daniel Mukago Rutetebya said: “Of course it was a private jet and it was carrying cargo. This young man is a pilot. They were flying from Kasese in Goma and the plane crashed I think we will have more information when they get the black box back but that is how he met death.
According to Rutetebya, the ill-fated plane was due to land in Goma at 3 p.m. last Thursday.

“So we got the information at 9 p.m. that the plane could not be tracked by radar. That’s when a search and rescue team was dispatched,” he added.
Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) public affairs officer Vianney Luggya said the plane crash was a private jet and described the two crashes, including the one in Tanzania, as unfortunate.
“These are very unfortunate incidents in the airline industry, but despite this, air travel remains the safest way due to security measures around the world,” he said.
Mourners in Tanzania on Monday paid a moving tribute to the 19 people killed when an airliner plunged into Lake Victoria in the country’s deadliest air crash in decades.

The Precision Air flight from the financial capital Dar es Salaam crashed on Sunday morning while trying to land in the northwestern town of Bukoba.
Police blamed bad weather for the crash in Kagera region.
Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa was among hundreds of people who gathered at Kaitaba Stadium in Bukoba, with Muslim and Christian clerics leading prayers for the dead as spectators wiped away their tears.

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