Bad Weather Forces Small Plane To Land Near Lake Albert

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Bad weather forced a light aircraft with eight people on board to make an emergency landing at Bugoma primary school playground in Kyangwali sub county on Monday.

A light aircraft with eight people on board on Monday afternoon made an emergency landing at Bugoma primary school playground in Kyangwali subcounty, Hoima district.

Lt. Col. David Byamukama, the commander of the Uganda People's Defence Forces 21st battalion, confirms that the plane 5X-SCO was en-route to Bunia town in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, but the pilot detected bad weather across the Lake Albert hence making an emergency landing.

The plane made an emergency landing about 30 minutes after setting off from Kajansi airstrip near Entebbe.

Col. Byamukama says seven of the passengers on board were whites working with Mission Aviation Fellowship International. He however declined to mention their identities or nationalities.

He says that all the occupants were registered by the security officials who rushed to the scene.

The plane later took off after about one hour of waiting as the weather normalised across the lake shared by Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Rains have been persistent in many parts of Hoima district through out the morning and early afternoon hours of Monday.

Mission Aviation Fellowship -MAF is a Christian organisation that provides aviation, communications, and learning technology services to more than 1,000 Christian and humanitarian agencies, as well as thousands of isolated missionaries and indigenous villagers in the world's most remote areas.

It is not yet clear what the MAF officials were delivering or had gone to do in Bunia.


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Thembo Kahungu
Thembo Kahungu is interested in journalism that changes lives. A recent example is when a suspect in state prosecutor Joan Kagezi was held longer than the law states. Kahungu is proud to note that it was his follow up on Geoffrey Kato's unlawful detention that led to the freedom of the boda boda rider.

Previously based in Kasese, Kahungu has been reposted to Hoima town. Kahungu is now the Uganda Radio Network Hoima bureau chief.

Kahungu has been a practicing journalist since 2007. He was a reporter for Radio Messiah and Kasese Guide Radio. He was also the Kasese Daily Monitor freelance writer. He has also been a teacher at Liberty College of Management and Journalism in Kasese district.

Kahungu is deeply interested in investigative journalism. Kahungu has developed a big interest in covering issues to do with Oil, Gas and Mining after attending a fellowship in Ghana in October 2015 under the sponsorship of Natural Resource Governance Institute.