updated 9/2/2008 6:37:30 AM ET 2008-09-02T10:37:30

A plane carrying 17 people on a humanitarian aid flight has crashed in Congo, United Nations officials said on Tuesday.

An aerial survey by helicopter indicates there are no known survivors, the company that operated the plane said on its Web site on Tuesday.

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the Beechcraft plane went missing in bad weather late Monday with two crew and 15 passengers on board.

It was located about 9 miles northwest of the airstrip at Bukavu in eastern Congo, its intended destination.

U.N. spokeswoman Elizabeth Byrs said rescuers were trying to reach the site.

The plane was operated under contract to U.S.-based company Air Serv International.

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