Officials: 32 killed in U.N. plane crash in Congo; 1 survives
Soldiers and officials inspect the wreckage of a UN plane after it crashed as it tried to land in a storm in Kinshasa on Monday.
April 4th, 2011
04:54 PM ET

Officials: 32 killed in U.N. plane crash in Congo; 1 survives

[Updated at 4:49 p.m. ET] Thirty-two people died and just one survived when a United Nations plane crashed in the Congo on Monday, a U.N. spokesman said in New York.

The plane was trying to land in Kinshasa when the crash happened, and it was raining at the time, an official said.

The aircraft, which took off from Goma, belonged to the U.N. mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a Congo Transportation Ministry official.

[Updated at 1:13 p.m. ET] An official said it was raining when the plane attempted to land in Kinshasa.

The Kinshasa airport reported strong thunderstorms and sustained winds of 37 kph at the time.

[Posted at 11:48 a.m. ET] At least 10 people died in the crash of a United Nations plane as it attempted to land in Congo Monday, a U.N. official said.

The aircraft, which was carrying 32 people, belonged to the U.N. mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a Congo Transportation Ministry official.

The flight began in Goma and was bound for Kinshasa, the official said.

Read CNN's full coverage of the U.N. plane crash in Congo
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soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. banasy

    My condolences and sympathy to the families of those who have died. May they find comfort that their loved ones died trying to help those who could not help themselves. Peace.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dim Mak

    Half of you need to stop being a drain on the rest of us and go off yourselves.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. christian

    they should interview the human that lived and tell them to stop buying lotto tickets their luck has run out!

    April 4, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Amazed

    You guys are all so shallow, can't believe I took the time to read the comments you all made.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dim Mak

    @Amazed: I'm amazed too.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bruce Willis

    I am, unbreakable.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Me

    @buddha: You don't exist either. You're a pipe dream marionette fraud. 🙂

    April 4, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dolly O.

    It's useless trying to change those who are constantly making jokes at life or death.. regardless of the sorrow & pain some feel. How fortunate they are to see the joy in both when they have to say "TILL WE MEET AGAIN" to their loved ones with a joke. Pehaps it is there way to cope with life & death so it wont hurt as much. ¶SOME DAYS ARE DIFFICULT TRYING TO COPE WITH A DEATH OF A LOVE ONE..SOLITUD IS AT TIMES BAD COMPANY.. WHO MORE KNOWS THAN ONE WHO HAS LOST A LOVE ONE.. MANY IM SURE..INCLUDING ME. ¶Although sometimes the jokes are hurtful.. To those present..Thanks for the laughs & to those who are in mourning.. my prayers.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. jack

    "Airplanes do NOT crash every day. That said, thunderstorms are VERY strong in Africa during the spring."
    April 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    Earthling

    "NOT all thunderstorms are very strong in Africa during the spring. Its real easy to be contrary."
    April 4, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |

    Real easy to be contrary? How about this – IT'S NOT SPRING IN AFRICA.

    See, when it's SPRING in the NORTHERN HEMISPHERE it's FALL in the SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE.

    You're making us look stupid to the rest of the world, please stop.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sarah

    Baffled ! Yes "Halirious" (including quotes), You 1 of them , but im not gonna fuss with you threw an computer, just shut up, kick rocks, blow bubbles, read, and whatever else you do ! but dont get smart , say nothing or anything SLICK out your MOUTH !

    #capiche ?
    Play with it ! because i WILL make you rotate

    April 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Don JJ

    Lets destroy Africa wit a nuke. Africa has no use to the world so we should nuke it. Plus the people there dont even know what a TV is!!

    April 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. eugenia

    better question: who made the plane?

    April 5, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • val

      the plane was made in canada

      April 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
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