Five Armenian pilots killed in Congo plane crash

A cargo plane has crashed in the Congolese capital’s airport as it was trying to land in stormy weather, reportedly killing some 30 nearby residents, as well as the crew.

The crew consisted of seven people, of whom five were Armenian citizens, Spokesperson for Armenia’s General Department of Civil Aviation Nelly Cherchinyan said.

The Il-76 plane, belonging to a local company Aero-services, was carrying cars and other goods from western port city of Pointe Noire to the capital Brazzaville.

Some 30 residents have been killed as the plane skidded off the runway and crashed into houses and a bar, Georgelin Massemba, head of the emergency services said.

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