Six Dead As UN Aircraft Crashes At Kinshasa Airport

KINSHASA — At least six people were killed when an aircraft operated by the UN mission in Democratic Republic of Congo crashed on landing at Kinshasa airport Monday, an AFP correspondent witnessed. The aircraft broke up into several pieces when it hit the runway in torrential rain as the pilot was trying to land shortly after 1300 GMT.

Fatal UN plane crash at DR Congo's Kinshasa airportKINSHASA — At least six people were killed when an aircraft operated by the UN mission in Democratic Republic of Congo crashed on landing at Kinshasa airport Monday, an AFP correspondent witnessed.

The aircraft broke up into several pieces when it hit the runway in torrential rain as the pilot was trying to land shortly after 1300 GMT.

At least six bodies were brought out of the wreckage.

Aircraft accidents are common in DR Congo but this was the first involving a plane of the UN mission in the country, known as Monusco.

The aircraft broke up into several pieces when it hit the runway in torrential rain

The plane had flown in from Kisangani in the northeast of the country.

No UN official was immediately available for comment on the accident or further information.

AFP