Scores killed as Hewa Bora DC-9 crashes in Congo.
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A DC-9 plane crashed Tuesday into a residential neighborhood in the eastern Congo town of Goma, a government official said. It was not immediately known how many people were on board.
The plane faltered after takeoff and hurled into the populated neighborhood, said Julien Mpaluku, the governor of the province.
"As the plane has just now crashed, we have sent a team to the site to determine how many passengers were on board," Mpaluku said.
The neighborhood of Birere where the plane went down is located just beyond the takeoff lane. The lane used to continue into the neighborhood but was partially destroyed by the lava that followed a 2001 volcanic eruption.
The DC-9 is owned by Hewa Bora, a private company, Mpaluku said.