Cargo crash into lake loses all
08 / 03 / 2009
A CARGO plane crashed into Lake Victoria this morning killing all 11 people on board.
The IL-76, registration S9-SAB, was operated by Aerolift and chartered by DynCorp and was flying from Entebbe airport to Mogadishu with tents and water purification equipment to the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia.
Three senior Burundian military officers were aboard. They, four other passengers and the four crew are all thought to be lost.
Ignie Igunduura, spokeman for the local Civil Aviation Authority, said salvage efforts were underway. “The Entebbe airport and marine search teams immediately went to the scene where the aircraft had crashed and sank,” he said.
“The identities and nationalities of the people on board will be disclosed after their next of kin have been informed.”
As of yet the cause of the crash is unknown. Airport operations are unaffected.