A plane that crashed in remote southern Angola, killing at least 136 people, had been chartered by UNITA rebels to relocate refugees after the country’s 20-year civil war, UNITA said Wednesday.
Most of the victims were women and children being moved from their wartime homes at drought-stricken Jamba to new sites in Angola, UNITA said.
Six people survived, including one of five crew members on the Lockheed Electra, a 1950s-vintage plane owned by the Zairian-based Trans Service Airlift charter company, the group said.
The plane went down three miles from the airport in Jamba shortly after takeoff Monday night.
UNITA said investigators are examining the fuselage to determine why the plane crashed.