17 Bodies Found in Crashed Congo Plane

KINSHASHA, Congo (AP) -- A U.N. spokesman says the bodies of all 17 people aboard a humanitarian flight that crashed four days ago in a remote part of Congo have been recovered along with the black box flight data recorder.

The Beechcraft 1900 aircraft lost contact with the air tower Monday during its descent toward the eastern Congo town of Bukavu. Its wreckage was spotted on Tuesday on a ridge 15 kilometers away.

U.N. spokesman Lt. Col. Jean-Paul Dietrich says heavy fog prevented a rescue helicopter from reaching the site until Thursday when a team of 10 U.N. peacekeepers were lowered onto the mountain.

Of the 15 passengers on board, seven worked for the U.N. The rest were employed by aid groups and included French, Canadian, Indian and Congolese nationals.

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