The aircraft belonged to African Aviation Airline and crashed in Goma Monday, the PanAfrican News Agency reported.
Sources said there were only three survivors after the plane fell on a house, PANA said.
The crash was likely caused by heavy rain in the area as the pilot attempted to land, officials said.
The three survivors have been taken to a hospital and search parties are looking for the bodies of the victims, PANA reported.
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