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Ex-news anchor Cynthia Nyamai mourns ‘brother’s’ death in Tanzanian plane crash

By Freya Wanjiku November 7th, 2022 1 min read

Former KTN news anchor Cynthia Nyamai has mourned the passing on of a pilot who perished after a Tanzanian aeroplane plunged into Lake Victoria on Sunday.

The entrepreneur shared the news on her Instagram account.

“When I saw the news this morning the Holy Spirit told me to prepare because someone close to me was in the crash. It’s been a tough day thinking through all our childhood memories until a few months ago.

My family was praying that you will be on the survivor’s list. One more chance… Thank you for being like my big brother while growing up. This is a hard one but I know one day we will meet in heaven. That is my family’s comfort,” she wrote.

The flight, including 39 passengers and four crew members, had taken off from Tanzania’s commercial capital of Dar es Salaam and crashed near the shore at the end of the Bukoba airport runway as it attempted to land in the lakeside town of Bukoba, killing at least 19 people.

The airline confirmed the death toll and amended the number of survivors down to 24 in an updated statement on Sunday evening.

Videos on social media taken by onlookers on the shores of Lake Victoria showed the aircraft submerged in the water with emergency responders coordinating rescue efforts from nearby boats.

Following news of the crash, Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu called for calm while rescuers worked at the site of the crash.

“I have received with sadness the information of the crash of the Precision Air flight at Lake Victoria, in the Kagera region. I send my condolences to all those affected by this incident. Let’s continue to be calm as the rescue operation continues and we pray to God to help us,” she tweeted.