Hewa Bora Airways grounded following crash

Hewa Bora Airways grounded following crash

Hewa Bora Airways has seen its operating licence suspended by authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo following a fatal crash last week.

It follows a similar deadly accident in 2008, in which 40 people lost their lives in the eastern Congo city of Goma.

Following the latest incident - which saw Bora Airways Flight 952 come down with over 100 people onboard, with as many as 70 feared dead – the transport ministry has decided to act.

A spokesperson confirmed all flights would be suspended pending a government investigation into last Friday’s crash.

Congo has one of the worst air safety records in the world.

Few passable roads traverse the country after decades of war, forcing the population to rely on poorly-maintained planes and boats.

All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Democratic Republic of Congo are presently banned from European Union airspace.