UNITED NATIONS — A small passenger plane carrying U.N. staff members crashed Monday in Congo and broke into pieces, killing at least 10 people aboard, United Nations officials said.
A U.N. peacekeeping source speaking on condition of anonymity in New York said that the death toll could rise. He said the plane was carrying an assortment of U.N. staff, including peacekeepers.
The cause of the crash was not immediately known.
The U.N. mission in Congo, known as MONUSCO, includes more than 19,000 uniformed peacekeeping troops. The mission is charged with protecting civilians in the conflict-torn country from violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, including all forms of sexual and gender-based violence.