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UN staff among survivors of deadly plane crash in DR Congo
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09:16, April 16, 2008

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Three UN staff members survived the plane crash that happened Tuesday in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN spokesperson Michele Montas said.

Montas told reporters at the UN Headquarters in New York that according to the UN Mission there, seven passengers have survived the crash, including two international UNICEF staff, one of whom is in critical condition, and one national staff member from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the spouse of a national OCHA staff member.

She said that the mission has dispatched first-aid teams with ambulance and fire crews to the site of the crash and UN medical teams are helping to evacuate victims to a UN hospital.

A passenger plane crashed in the town of Goma in DRC shortly after taking off, with 94 people on board. The pilot, his co-pilot and a flight attendant are believed to have survived.


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