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Final toll in DR Congo plane crash is seven: governor

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Seven people died and three were injured when a plane crashed into a residential area of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the regional governor said on Tuesday.

"All six members of the crew are dead as well as one passenger," Julien Paluku, governor of the North Kivu region where Goma is the capital, told AFP of Monday's crash. "There were no victims on the ground."

Initial reports had said that up to 50 people could have been killed, before police drastically revised the toll down.

The Fokker 50 belonging to the local CAA company was flying from the central mining town of Lodja and went down in heavy rain just before landing at Goma airport, police said.

The plane ended up some seven kilometres (four miles) from the runway.

Aircraft accidents are frequent in the vast DR Congo, where many planes are old and airports lack modern equipment. All of the country's roughly 50 airlines are on the blacklist of the European Union, which has banned them from its airspace.

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