Plane ‘crashes’ with 11 people onboard as desperate hunt launched for survivors
A PLANE with eleven people onboard has reportedly crashed as emergency services have launched a desperate hunt for survivors.
The aircraft went missing earlier today around 2pm in Cameroon shortly after takeoff.
The aircraft lost radio signal at 2pm[/caption]
The plane was located in Nanga Eboko[/caption]
The country’s transport minister, Ernest Ngalle Bibehe, said in a statement that air traffic services lost radio contact with an aircraft that left the Nsimalen airport in Yaounde.
According to CNA the radio signal was lost during the storm that hit the capital city late in the afternoon.
The outlet reports that some of the passengers are workers of the Cameroon Oil Transportation Company, COTCO, and others were part of the crew.
The craft had a clear trajectory; Yaounde – Nsimalen – Dompta – Belabo – Yaounde – Nsimalen.
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Following the aircraft’s disappearance, air and ground search teams were deployed to locate it.
The plane was eventually found in the forest in Nanga Eboko in the Centre Province.
The transport minister added that emergency services are currently on their way to the location site of the aircraft.
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A ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the plane “crashed” and rescuers were “trying to see if it’s possible to save anyone”.
However, it appears that the crash left no survivors, Cameroon24 reported.
The plane was chartered by the private company COTCO which maintains a hydrocarbon pipeline that runs between Cameroon and neighbouring Chad, according to official sources.
Published on : May 12, 2022 at 3:07 AM