DRC Plane crashes, killing presidential staff onboard

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A cargo plane carrying presidential staff crashed in eastern Congo on Thursday, killing all eight passengers and crew, a presidential advisor told Reuters on Friday.

The plane, carrying President Felix Tshisekedi’s driver, a logistics manager and some soldiers, was headed for the capital Kinshasa and went off radar on Thursday afternoon, an hour after departing, a statement from the civil aviation authority said.

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It crashed in a forest in Maniema and broke up upon landing. The Antonov An-72 transport aircraft crashed in a forest and broke apart upon landing

“There are no survivors. The bodies were all burnt to ashes,” said DRC presidential advisor Vidiye Tshimanga.

The Russian embassy in Democratic Republic of Congo said on its Facebook page that preliminary information indicated that Russians were among the crew members on the Antonov jet.

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