LONDON – A Precision Air ATR 42-500 has crashed in Lake Victoria, Tanzania, today after attempting to land in bad weather.
It is understood that the flight was carrying 39 people, of which 26 have been rescued and taken to hospital as a result of injuries.
According to local officials, the two pilots survived the crash but were trapped inside the cockpit.
Emergency workers are apparently going to use ropes to try and drag the aircraft out of the water. Albert Chalamila, a regional official, said the following on this:
“We want to see if the landing gear is stuck so that we can ask for more technical assistance to push it out of the waters”.
5H-PWE is the aircraft in question and was operating a flight from Das es Salaam to Bukoba via Mwanza.
The aircraft is around 12.7 years old, having been delivered to Precision Air back in February 2018.
According to data from Planespotters.net, the aircraft is configured to carry 48 passengers, meaning the aircraft was nearly full at the time of the accident.
Precision Air has said the following about the accident:
This is a developing story.