Precision Air flight PW494 crash lands into Lake Victoria

Precision Air ATR 42 aircraft
A Precision Air ATR 42 turboprop, similar to the aircraft involved. Photo: © Laurent ERRERA

A Precision Air ATR42-500 turboprop aircraft registered as 5H-PWF, operating a domestic flight in Tanzania from Dar-es-Salaam to Bukoba in the country‘s northwest, has crash landed into Lake Victoria. Initial reports say that 39 passengers (38 adults, one infant) and 4 crew members were on board. 26 people have so far been rescued from the submerged aircraft.

Local officials confirmed that at least 3 people were killed in the accident and 14 more are still unaccounted for. The 26 rescued people were transported to local hospitals with varying injuries. Later in the day officials announced that the death toll has risen to 19 after more bodies were recovered.

Precision Air is a Tanzanian airline that was founded in 1993. The carrier is currently the second largest in the country after Air Tanzania and operates a fleet of 9 ATR42 and ATR72 aircraft mainly on domestic routes but also to Nairobi.