A fisherman who was one of the first people to get to the site of Sunday’s plane crash in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria, which killed 19 people, has talked about how he tried to save the pilots who were stuck in the cockpit and how he almost died trying to save them. Majaliwa Jackson was interviewed from his hospital bed in Bukoba, a town on a lake. He said he panicked when he saw the passenger plane coming from the wrong direction and then crash into the lake.
He and three other fishermen rushed to the scene and helped open the back door by smashing it with a rowing oar. This allowed passengers in the back of the plane to be saved. Mr. Jackson said that he then moved to the front and jumped into the water. Then, he and one of the pilots talked to each other through the window of the cockpit.
“He told me to break the window screen, so I got out of the water and asked the airport security guards if they had any tools we could use.
“They gave me an axe, but a man with a loudspeaker stopped me from going down and breaking the screen. He said that they were already talking to the pilots and that there was no water in the cockpit,” Mr. Jackson said. After being stopped, he “dove back and waved goodbye to the pilot,” he said. But then the pilot said he still wanted to be saved.
“He showed me where the emergency door was. We tried to pull it with other boats, but the rope broke and hit me in the face, knocking me out. “The next thing I knew, I was at the hospital,” said Mr. Jackson. Both pilots are among the 19 people who have been confirmed to have died when the plane crashed near the lake. The plane was flown by Precision Air, which is Tanzania’s largest private airline.
The plane was pulled closer to the shore of Lake Victoria with ropes. Precision Air says that 24 of the 43 people on board made it out alive. At the local football stadium in Bukoba, a funeral service for the 19 people who died is taking place. The Prime Minister of Tanzania, Kassim Majaliwa, is one of the hundreds of people at the service. He had said earlier that a thorough investigation would be done to find out what caused the crash.
The plane took off from Dar es Salaam, the country’s commercial capital, on Sunday. It was supposed to make a stop in Mwanza, but it crashed on its way to Bukoba airport at about 8:50 local time (5:50 GMT).
What do People say About This Incident?
Kouam Joel Honore Tweets: “The two pilots and two crew have not yet been found. President Samia Suluhu Hassan has expressed her condolences to those affected “ Tanzanian Precision Air plane crashes into Lake Victoria
Neil Stone: Horrifying. I’ve flown on Precision Air many times. Condolences to the families of the victims.
Zitto MwamiRuyagwa Kabwe Tweets: It is a national tragedy! Losing 19 people in the PW plane accident is painful. I send our deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones in Bukoba. We, ACT Wazalendo, grieve with fellow Tanzanians and send our best wishes for a quick recovery to all those injured
BREAKING: Tanzania plane crash death toll jumps to 19: @AFP
What plane crashed in Lake Victoria?
A Tanzanian commercial Flight operated by Precision Air was forced to make an emergency landing in Lake Victoria due to poor weather conditions. The disaster resulted in the deaths of 19 persons on Sunday.
Kassim Majaliwa, the Prime Minister of the country, said that officials think they have found all the bodies from the plane.
Where is Lake Victoria in Tanzania?
Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda share Lake Victoria. It is the second-largest freshwater lake and the largest tropical lake in the world. On its northern side, Lake Victoria is right on the Equator. It has a total area of 68,800 km2 and a maximum depth of 80 m, which is not very deep. Its basin is home to more than 30 million people.
What plane crashed in Tanzania?
Flight PW 494, which took off from Dar es Salaam, the business capital, “crashed-landed” in the lake as it was getting close to Bukoba, a city on the lake.It wasn’t clear right away what happened, but the Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) said it happened during storms and heavy rain.
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