U.N. plane crashes in Congo, killing 32

A United Nations plane crashed Monday as it landed in Kinshasa, Congo, killing 32 of the 33 people on board.
The plane was traveling from the city of Kisangani on the Congo River and had 29 passengers and four crew members, reported the New York Times. The passengers were United Nations officials, peacekeepers, humanitarian workers and electoral assistants.
"The plane landed heavily, broke into two and caught fire," a United Nations source told Reuters. The weather was rainy and windy at the time.
The New York Times reported that planes crash frequently in the Democratic Republic of Congo because of low maintenance.
The United Nations' peacekeeping mission is to back up the Congo government efforts to fight rebel groups that have been attacking part of the country since the 1998-2003 civil war that killed five million people, reported Reuters.

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