Plane crash horror sees fishermen scramble to save 46 as jet plummets into lake

A passenger plane carrying 43 people has crashed in Africa.

The flight, operated by Precision Air, was trying to land in the lakeside town of Bukoba, Tanzania, but missed and plunged into Lake Victoria instead.

Of the 43 passengers, 26 are understood to have been rescued and taken to hospital.

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Local fishermen and rescue workers are now thought to be searching the area on the lookout for survivors.

Most of the plane is now understood to have been submerged in the famous lake, with just the tail sticking up above the water.

The plane, an ATR 42-500, is now reportedly being pulled out of the water with ropes.

Regional official Albert Chalamila said: "We want to see if the landing gear is stuck so that we can ask for more technical assistance to push it out of the waters”.

The shore of the lake, Africa’s biggest, comes right up to the end of the Bukoba runway.

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The flight had been on its way there from the country’s largest city, Das es Salaam, when it ran into what has been reported as heavy storm conditions and rain.

Samia Suluhu Hassan, the president of Tanzania, has expressed her sadness at the events and passed on her condolences to all those affected.

Precision is partly owned by Kenya Airlines, and is Tanzania’s largest privately owned air operator.

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