KINSHASA - The death toll from the crash of a plane of the private company Hewa Bora, which occurred Friday at the international airport in Kisangani Bangoka in Répulbique Congo (DRC), was 127 deaths, announced on Friday the Ministry of Transportation of the country.
According to a spokesman for the Department of Transportation, 51 passengers were found alive after the accident due to a storm. He added that the actual number of passengers exceeded the one announced earlier by the company Hewa Bora.
Earlier Friday, the CEO of that company, Stavros Papaionnou, stated that 112 passengers and crew were on board the aircraft, a Boeing 727, heading towards Goma and Kisangani, from Kinshasa, capital of the DRC.
"There was a bad time to Kisangani, with heavy rain. The pilot attempted to land but, apparently, the plane, instead of touching the runway, struck some trees before crashing in the forest located near the track, "explained the responsibility of the company, making a provisional toll of 72 dead.