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Last Updated: Saturday, 29 November, 2003, 22:19 GMT
DR Congo plane crash 'kills 22'
An aeroplane has crashed in northern Democratic Republic of Congo killing all 22 passengers on board, according to the authorities.

It crashed shortly after taking off from the town of Boende, located north-east of the capital Kinshasa, the information ministry said.

It is not known how many crew were on board the Antonov-26 aircraft.

Government experts will be sent to the accident site to search for the plane's black box on Sunday.

"Today, at 1600 local time, right after take-off from Boende, there was a problem and the plane crashed, killing all 22 passengers and the staff on board," Information Minister Vital Kamerhe said.

He did not know who was on board the plane or its owner.

The Boende airstrip has no air traffic control, officials said.

The government also said that 18 people died in a road accident near Goma in the east of the country on Saturday.

Both accidents come four days after a ferry disaster in the west of the country left more than 120 people dead.

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