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40 survivors pulled from crashed plane in Democratic Republic of Congo

A plane carrying 112 people crashed on Friday as it tried to land at Kisangani international airport in Democratic Republic of Congo, Congolese airline Hewa Bora said.

Separately, government spokesman Lambert Mende said he had been told that rescue services had pulled 40 survivors from the wreckage of the Boeing 727.

"The pilot tried to land but apparently they didn't touch the runway," Stavros Papaioannou, chief executive of Hewa Bora airline, told Reuters by telephone.

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"I have no details on casualties," he said.

Hewa Bora is on a European Union list of airlines banned due to security concerns, as are all carriers certified in the central African country which has one of the worst air transport security records in the world.

Rescuers at the site of a plane crash have pulled out 40 survivors so far, Congo's government spokesman said.

"The crash happened about 200 metres from Kisangani airport during landing in heavy rain. We have already removed 40 survivors," government spokesman Lambert Mende said. "The rescue operations are continuing."

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