Friday, November 13, 2009

Parking plane crashes into VIP recline, killing passenger

A Rwandair traveler plane bound for Uganda crashed into the airport VIP lounge in Rwanda's capital, Kigali, yesterday and killed one passenger, officials said.

Richard Masozera, director common of Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority, told reporters the pilot of the 50-seat jet reported a problem two minutes into the flight from Kigali and asked to land once more.

"He landed securely on the runway and was guided by the marshals into the parking area," Masozera said.

"For some unexplained reason, the plane, from the parking spot, took off once more at full power and ... took a right turn, unexplained, into the scientific building," he said.

Information Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said the plane, supposedly a Bombadier CRJ-100, had hit the VIP lounge, which is inside the scientific building.

Masozera said crisis services responded within two minutes of the crash, but one traveler later died of their injuries.

Jack Elk, acting chief managerial of Rwandair, said the airline's best guess was that the plane "auto-accelerated".

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