A Tanzanian commercial flight operated by Precision Air crash-landed in bad weather in Lake Victoria,as it approached the Northwestern city of Bukoba, on Sunday, killing 19 people.
The plane was conveying passengers from the coastal city of Dar es Salaam to Bukoba Airport, when it crashed in the lake.
This was confirmed by the Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa in a statement.
Majaliwa said officials believe all bodies have been recovered from the airplane.
He said; “We’re starting to pull out the luggage and personal items from the aircraft. A team of doctors and security agencies have started the process of identifying the dead and notifying the families.”
It was reported that 39 passengers and four crew members were on board of the flight numbered PW 494.
An earlier report by the Fire and Rescue service had read; “Three are reported dead. Rescue is ongoing.”
The regional authorities had said 26 passengers were rescued.
The Precision Air, in a statement had said; “An investigation team consisting of Precision Air technical staff and TAA (Tanzania Airports Authority) has also departed to join the rescue team on the ground.”
“Precision Air sincerely understands the anxiety for confirmed information and will therefore do its best to issue more details.”
“The next update will be issued as soon as we receive more information from the accident scene.”
The Tanzanian President, Samia Suluhu Hassan also in her condolence message said; “Let’s continue to be calm while the rescue operation continues as we pray to God to help us.”
But in a later update on Sunday evening, the death toll had risen to 19 and number of survivors reduced to 24.
The Airline in a statement said; “Precision Air extends its deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the passenger and crew involved in this tragic incident. The company will strive to provide them with information and whatever assistance they will require in their difficult time.”
“The names of passengers and crew on board the aircraft will not be released until all next-of-kin have been notified.”