Plane veers off runway in Congo, bursts into flames

GOMA, Congo - A Congolese jetliner with about 85 people aboard crashed on takeoff Tuesday, careening off a runway into a busy neighborhood and bursting into flames, officials said.

Witnesses reported dozens of bodies at the crash site in this city in eastern Congo. Rescue workers with tractors, trucks and shovels searched for survivors as U.N. peacekeepers sprayed the wreckage with hoses. Smoke and flames engulfed the charred debris.

The remains of the cockpit and tail rose over the flattened fuselage, Anna Ridout of the aid agency World Vision said from the scene. Rescue workers carried about 20 bodies from the plane, many on stretchers, she said.

19 Ugandan girls killed in dorm fire

KAMPALA, Uganda - Sobbing Ugandan parents sifted through the ashes of a school dormitory Tuesday, searching for their daughters after a fire swept through the building, killing 19 schoolgirls and two adults.

The doors were locked from the outside, trapping some of the girls when the fire broke out as they slept, according to a worker at the Buddo school.

There were 58 girls in the dormitory, but some managed to squeeze through the narrow windows and escape, teacher Frederick Bugmbe said.

- From wire reports