Bunge mourns victims of Precision Air deadly crash

The United Republic of Tanzania Parliament has sent a message of comfort to the families and friends of those who were affected by the Precision Air plane accident that occurred on Sunday morning.

Parliament Speaker Dr. Tulia Ackson joined other top government officials including President Samia Suluhu Hassan, Zanzibar President Dr Hussein Mwinyi and Premier Kassim Majaliwa in conveying their messages of condolences to the families affected by the deadly plane crash.

Dr Tulia was optimistic that responsible authorities will make more follow ups. The Prime Minister will be leading mourners today to pay their last respect to the deceased at the Kaitaba stadium in Bukoba.

Deputy Minister, Prime Minister’s Office (Labour, Youth, Employment and Persons with Disability), Patrobas Katambi, also conveyed a message of condolence to the victims.

Daily News understands that a total of 19 bodies including two family members found at the site of a passenger plane crash on Lake Victoria near Bukoba airport have been identified.

Atulinde Biteya and Aneth Biteya the two sisters were among the 43 people on the Sunday morning Precision Air flight from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza via Bukoba which crashed 100 meters before landing at the Bukoba airport.

The pilot, Burundi Lubaga who had been captaining planes for over two decades was also pronounced dead.

The accident which was described as a “tragedy” by the Precision Air Chief Executive Officer Patrick Mwanri left the country’s aviation industry and the nation horrified.

Kagera Regional Commissioner Albert Chalamila named the deceased as Neema Faraja, Hanifa Hamza, Aneth Kaaya, Victoria Laurean, Said Malat Lyangana, Iman Paul, and Faraji Yusuph.

Others are Sauli Epimark, Zacharia Mlacha, Eunice Ndirangu, Mtani Njegere, Zaituni Shillah, Dr. Alice Simwinga and the plane’s first officer, Peter Odhiambo.

No other bodies have been recovered. Early reports suggested the accident was a result of bad weather. Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa suspended all flight operations at Bukoba airport indefinitely.

AirTanzania, the national flag carrier, also suspended its Sunday flights to Bukoba. Expert team from the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) is currently in Bukoba investigating the incident.

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