Passengers are presumed dead after a plane crashed into a dense forest.

The mangled wreckage of the aircraft has yet been found after it came down late on Thursday night.

But officials warned there was no chance of finding survivors.

The plane is thought to be one of two small cargo flights owned by Agefreco.

It crashed down somewhere in east DR Congo as it flew between Kalima in Manama to Makavu.

Theo Kasi, governor of South Kivu, said: “I have just learned of the crash of an Agefreco Company plane which came from Kalima to Bukavu with four people on board.

"The investigation will determine the causes of the accident.

The plane crashed into a 'dense' forest

“I share the pain with the grieving families and present my most saddened condolences."

Desiree Kyakwima, a spokesperson for South Kivu administration, said the plane crashed in a “vast” forest.

He said: “The airport services who informed the governor of the crash told him that, while trying to locate the wreckage of the plane, there is no chance of finding any survivors."

It crashed down somewhere in east DR Congo

The plane took off from Kinkungwa airfield and disappeared from radar just after the pilot communicated with the Kavumu control tower in Bukavu.

It was seven minutes before it landed, sources from Bukavu airport told Daily Nation.

In addition to the two crew members, the plane had two passengers and cargo on board.

It comes after a plane crash in November left 27 people dead in another part of Congo.

The passenger plane came down and smashed into houses in the city of Goma.