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No survivor found as cargo plane crashes in Congo with presidential staff on board. Some fear coup attempt

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A cargo plane carrying presidential staff crashed in eastern Congo on Thursday, and all the eight passengers and crew on board were still missing on Friday.

The civil aviation authority said in a statement that the plane, carrying President Felix Tshisekedi’s driver, a logistics manager and some soldiers, was headed from Goma to the capital Kinshasa, when it went off radar on Thursday afternoon, an hour after taking off.

Debris of the plane has been found but the passengers are still missing, adviser Vidiye Tshimanga told news agency Reuters.

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He had earlier said eight bodies had been found but he corrected that the information was incorrect.

The cause of the accident was not yet clear.

“Local media showed a crowd of hundreds of Tshisekedi supporters hitting the streets of Kinshasa after the news broke on Friday morning, fearing that the plane crash had been some kind of failed coup attempt against Tshisekedi. The president took over from long-standing former President Joseph Kabila this year,” Reuters said.

No information immediately backed up such a claim. 

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