Foreign Office issues helpline number after 19 killed in Sunday plane crash

By Linsey McNeill
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Authorities have confirmed that 19 people died when a passenger flight crashed in Tanzania on Sunday.

The Precision Air plane was carrying 39 passengers and four crew between Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam and the town of Bukoba.

It crash-landed in Lake Victoria as it attempted to land at Bukoba in bad weather.

The names of those who died will not be released until all next-of-kin have been notified, the airline said in a statement.

The UK Foreign Office (FCDO) said anyone concerned about a relative or friend who may have been onboard should call Precision Air’s dedicated line on +255 786 300 415, or +255 789 266 600.

Precision Air has set up information centres at the Blue Sapphire Hotel, Dar es Salaam and the ELCT Hotel in Bukoba, it added.

Flight PW494 had left Dar es Salaam at around 6am and had been expected to reach Bukoba at 8.30am, but at 8.53am the airline was told the 12-year-old ATR plane had not arrived.

Videos circulating on social media show rescue workers in a human chain pulling survivors from the sea.

The airline 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 aircraft is believed to have come down in heavy rain and strong winds. Tanzania’s rainy season runs from October to mid-December, and again from March to the end of May.

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