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Report: Plane crash in Congo kills at least 90 people

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • State news agency: The airline says the plane was trying to land in bad weather
  • The plane was headed from the capital of Kinshasa to the eastern city of Goma

(CNN) -- At least 90 people died when a passenger plane crashed Friday at the Kisangani airport in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the state news agency reported.

The Boeing 727 was trying to land in bad weather in the afternoon, Hewa Bora Airways said.

The plane was originally headed from the capital of Kinshasa to the eastern city of Goma when it tried to make a scheduled stop in Kisangani, according to ACP, the state news agency.

The plane crashed amid heavy rainfall and hit an obstacle on the ground, ACP reported, citing a source close to the airline.

"Our thoughts first go to the victims and their families," Hewa Bora Airways said in a statement.

CNN's Pierre Meilhan contributed to this report.