Nineteen people have died after a plane crashed into Lake Victoria during adverse weather conditions, according to multiple reports.
Kagera province police commander William Mwampaghale said the aircraft was an estimated 100 meters (328 feet) in the air when "it encountered problems and bad weather" and "plunged into the water," according to the Associated Press.
Precision Air said 24 of the 43 passengers on Sunday's commercial flight survived the deadly crash, per the outlets.
Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa confirmed the death toll on Monday, the AP reported.
At a funeral service for crash victims on Monday, Transport Minister Makame Mbarawa said the plane ran into "a sudden change of weather conditions" just before 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to CNN.
The plane encountered heavy rains, strong winds and downdrafts while attempting to land at the airport, Mbarawa explained.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) describes downdrafts as "a small-scale column of air that rapidly sinks toward the ground," according to its website.
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Abdul Nuri told BBC News that he and others witnessed the accident first-hand while waiting for his flight. "We were really shocked," Nuri explained. "People panicked and some started crying and shouting."
Richard Komba, who was on the plane, told the outlet that there was "heavy turbulence" shortly before the crash.
"Water then entered the plane and those sitting near the front were covered by it," Komba revealed. "I was in the back seat and most of us in the back of the plane struggled to get out."
Officials are working to identify the victims and notify their families, Majaliwa said, per CNN. Two pilots are believed to be among the dead, he added.
"Yesterday is a tragic accident that we believe will never happen again," he said at Monday's funeral, per the report.
The airport was closed until further notice, according to BBC News.