19 killed And 26 Rescued After Tanzania Plane Crash Into Lake Victoria (PHOTOS AND VIDEO)

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Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majariwa said 19 people were killed in a plane crash in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria on Sunday.

A plane that took off from the commercial city of Dar es Salaam crashed while trying to land in stormy weather.

Local authorities and the airline earlier said that 26 survivors out of the 43 people on board flight PW 494 had been pulled to safety and taken to hospital in Bukoba, a lakeside city in the Kagera region.

It was not immediately clear if the 19 victims included rescuers who drowned or whether the 48-seater aircraft had more people on board than previously disclosed, a regional official said.

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Regional commissioner Albert Chalamila said 43 people – including 39 passengers, two pilots and two cabin crew – were on board the plane.

Precision Air, Tanzania’s largest privately-owned airline, said it had dispatched rescuers to the scene.

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