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July 9, 2011 / AFP, Kinshasa / DC.
An undated picture released by the Hewa Bora company shows a Boeing 727 passenger plane in an unlocated airport in the Democratic Republic of Congo - AFP.
At least 46 people died when a plane crashed as it attempted to land in heavy rain in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo Friday, the air company said.
Many others were being treated for serious burns, said a hospital spokesman.
The commercial plane, operated by Hewa Bora Airways and carrying 118 passengers and crew, crashed at Kisangani airport in the northeast of the country.
"We have recovered 44 bodies and there were two injured who died in hospital, bringing the number of dead to 46," Hewa Bora president Stavros Papaioannou said, adding that the toll could rise.
The company head said the crew of the Boeing 727 were among those killed but that 53 people had survived the crash at about 3:00 pm (1300 GMT).
There was no word on the fate of the other 19 people on board.
Local medical official Dr Jean-Marc Mabimbi said 51 people had been hospitalised, many of them seriously injured with burns.
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