Several passengers aboard a commercial flight operated by Precision Air that crashed on Lake Victoria in Tanzania on Sunday have been rescued, officials said.
Boats with emergency response personnel have been deployed to the crash site at Africa’s largest lake near Bukoba airport. It was not immediately known how many passengers were on board or if there were any fatalities in the crash.
Speaking on the site, Kagera Provincial Police Commander William Mwampaghale said “everything is currently under control”.
“Rescue operations are ongoing, so far we have rescued several people and eventually we will make sure we have rescued everyone and pulled the plane out of the water,” he said.
“Those who were rescued were taken to our referral hospital.”
Video circulating on social media taken by onlookers on the shores of Lake Victoria showed the plane submerged in water with emergency responders coordinating rescue efforts from nearby boats.
The Tanzanian president took to social media to call for calm as rescuers worked at the site of a downed plane.
“I received with sadness the news of the crash of the Precision Air flight at Lake Victoria, Kagera region,” President Samoa Suluhu wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
“I send my condolences to everyone affected by this incident. Let us continue to be calm as the rescue operation continues and we pray to God for help.
Precision Air is a Tanzanian airline based in Dar es Salaam.
This is a developing story – more to come