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Air Tanzania plane crashes on domestic flight

An Air Tanzania plane crashed early Monday while taking off from a domestic airport in Kigoma, in the Western port town on Lake Tanganyika, but there was no fatality, according to official reports.

The twin-engine Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft, with 35 passengers on board, failed to take off and overran the runway after one of its engines ceased, the state-run TBC1 television reported.

The plane was on a routine daily flight between Kigoma and Dar es Salaam.

Thanks to prompt action by the airport fire brigade, there was no explosion and all passengers were safely evacuated, though unconfirmed reports indicated there were minor injuries.

The airline resumed service in November last year after the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority withdrew its Air Operator Certificate for reasons related to unsatisfactory safety and operational manuals in December 2008.


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