File Photo

A passenger plane crashed into a lake while attempting to land at Bukoba Airport in Tanzania.

Most of the 49 passengers on board the plane are feared to be dead, rescue work is in progress.

According to officials, the ATR-42-500 aircraft, registration 5H-PWF, operated by Tanzanian private airline Precision Air, was landing at Bukoba Airport in Tanzania when it crashed into nearby Lake Victoria.

After the crash, most of the plane was submerged in water, rescue agencies have started operations to pull out the passengers from the lake.

According to the authorities, the body of one passenger has been removed while several people have been shifted to the hospital.

The crashed plane was 12 years old and had taken its maiden flight in August 2010.

According to local authorities, flight PW-494 had arrived in Bukoba from Dar es Salaam.

According to another report, there were 43 passengers in the plane apart from the crew, out of which 26 passengers have been rescued and are undergoing treatment in the hospital.

Rescue operations are underway with a large number of local fishermen and volunteers taking part in the rescue work.

By Admin