Plane Crashes in Cameroon, Search and Rescue Underway

A plane carrying 11 people crashed on Wednesday in a forest in central Cameroon.

According to a statement by Cameroon’s Ministere des Transports or Ministry of Transport, air traffic controllers “lost radio communication with the aircraft” shortly after takeoff, and it was subsequently “found in the bush” near Nanga Eboko, about 150 kilometers northeast of the capital Yaounde.

The radio signal was lost during the storm that hit the capital late in the afternoon.

“Following the observation of the disappearance of the aircraft, air and ground resources were immediately deployed to search for it. The aircraft was finally located in the forest, not far from Nanga Eboko,” a portion of the statement from the Ministry of Transport said. 

The Ministry of Transport added that ground resources are currently on their way to the location of the aircraft to provide assistance to its occupants.

The jet, in a report by Nigerian news outlet Champion Newspapers Limited, was chartered by the Cameroon Oil Transportation Company, a private company (COTCO).

COTCO maintains a hydrocarbon pipeline connecting Cameroon and Chad. 

The plane was flying from Yaounde-Nsimalen airport in Cameroon to Belabo in the east.

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