Four bodies discovered underneath wreckage of plane crash

The plane, carrying President Felix Tshisekedi’s driver, a logistics manager and some soldiers, was headed for the capital Kinshasa when it went off radar last week on Thursday. (Reuters)

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday said that four bodies were discovered among the wreckage of a cargo plane which crashed in the country’s eastern part last week.

The bodies have not been identified.

Last Thursday, the plane supplying equipment for a visit to Goma by President Felix Tshisekedi crashed with all eight passengers and crew feared dead. Among the passengers were President Tshisekedi’s driver, a logistics manager and some soldiers.

The plane, which took off from the capital, Kinshasa, went off radar about an hour after departure, according to the civil aviation authority.

On Saturday, the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) sent two planes and a helicopter to locate the plane.