At least two Kenyans perished in the crash, one of them was the plane’s co-pilot on the PW 494 -5H-PWF.
Nearly 24 hours after the Sunday disaster, Tanzanian officials disclosed the victims’ identities.
Although the official reason for the crash is uncertain, it is believed the plane missed the runway as it approached Bukoba Airport for a landing.
However, an eyewitness on board the flight said the plane encountered bad weather just before it was scheduled to land in Bukoba.
The plane survivor further said that the pilot had informed them that they would be returned to Mwanza if the weather remained unfavorable in the event that it was expected that they would not be able to continue their journey.
According to the witness, the plane made an emergency water landing without giving any prior warning to the passengers.
“The pilot warned us that the weather was bad and that it was pouring fiercely as we approached Bukoba, so before we could turn around, we flew beyond Bukoba and toward the Ugandan border.
As we descended into Bukoba Airport, there was a lot of turbulence and heavy rain, and before we knew it, we were submerged in the water.
We had a member of the cabin staff with us who assisted us in using the emergency exit, and we promptly left the plane.” The witness identified as Mr. Richard Komba informed reporters.
The president of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu, has issued a plea for calm as authorities investigate the incident. Fishermen and first responders both received her praise for their heroic efforts.