Congo aviation news – Bukavu crash claims life of top presidential advisor, injures Congolese finance minister

Information has been received from Eastern Congo, that a plane crash in Bukavu has claimed the life of top presidential advisor Augustine Katumba Mwanke, while seriously injuring the Congolese Finance Minister, the Governor of South Kivu Province and other senior officials of the regime in Kinshasa.
The aircraft of unidentified make apparently slid off the runway on attempting to land after an unusually steep final descent according to the report received, indicating that not all was well with the preparations to land the aircraft and it is now a matter of the unfolding air accident investigation to establish what led to the crash and why the pilot did not do an overshoot and then tried landing a second time.
Most airlines registered in the Congo have been banned by the EUs black list and the country has amongst the worst record with aviation safety, yet all past accidents have failed to improve the situation vis a vis maintenance and crew training, as this latest accident once again shows. Watch this space for emerging news and updates from East Africas and the Indian Ocean islands aviation sector.

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