Five People Confirmed Dead in DR Congo Plane Crash

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Five people were killed after a small passenger aircraft crashed on Friday in southern Democratic Republic of Congo near the border with Angola, a local official confirmed.

The piston-engined Antonov 2, operated by local airline Air Kasai, burst into flames after crashing few minutes after taking off from Kamako for a flight to Tshikapa, 150 kilometers (93 miles) away.

“The plane crashed into the brush three kilometers (two miles) from Kamako,” said Anacletus Muswa Kapinga Safia, the deputy territorial administrator.

“Only two people got out, the pilot and a passenger. They are unable to talk,” he said.

“We already know that five people have died. We will know the final toll when the company provides us with the passenger list.”

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