Mourners weep for victims of Tanzania plane crash

STORY: The 19 coffins were carried into a stadium by Tanzanian troops, then laid in a row, each decorated with flowers and a photograph of the deceased person. Relatives bowed their heads and some broke down in tears as they filed past.

Flight PW494, operated by Tanzanian airline Precision Air, was carrying 43 people when it hit the water in stormy weather as it tried to land at Bukoba airport early on Sunday (November 6) morning, arriving from the capital Dar es Salaam.

Transport Minister Makame Mbarawa told mourners gathered in a stadium that the weather had abruptly changed from good to stormy just as the plane was approaching the airport.

The Tanzanian authorities are investigating the causes of the crash and would publish their findings, he said.