Deaths from the passenger plane that crashed shortly after take-off, has risen to 25, including some on the ground, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

North Kivu Governor Carly Nzanzu Kasivita’s office said in a statement that the plane, operated by local company Busy Bee, crashed after take-off in the eastern city of Goma.

According to the National Border Health Programme, two survivors, including one member of the crew, were being cared for at a local hospital.

The company said the 19-seater Dornier 228-200 had 16 passengers and two crew members on board heading for the city of Beni north of Goma, when it crashed.

Witnesses said the pilot was attempting to return the plane to the airport after they heard a loud sound that appeared to come from the engine.