Medvedev expresses condolences to Congo president over deadly plane crash

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev expressed his condolences to President of Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila over a plane crash, where some 120 are feared to be dead, the Kremlin said.

“With a deep sense of empathy [I] have learned about a plane crash in eastern Congo, which caused numerous casualties,” the telegram reads. “Please, convey my sincere condolences to relatives of the victims, sympathy and wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured.”

Boeing 727 plane with some 120 people on board crashed at the Kisangani airport in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, world media reported.

Dozens of people are feared dead. Media reports put the number of those dead from 74 to 127, while the number of passengers also varies.

The plane was flying from the country’s capital of Kinshasa to the eastern cities of Kisangani and Goma, when it was hit by a storm.

Hewa Bora, regional commercial airline operating the plane, is banned from flying into European airspace due to safety concerns.

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