A plane with eleven people on board crashed shortly after take-off in Cameroon. A search is underway to see if there are any survivors after the plane crashed in a forest
A desperate search for survivors is underway after a plane carrying 11 people crashed into a forest during a storm in Cameroon.
The plane disappeared shortly after takeoff and sank near Nanga Eboko in the Central Province.
Authorities said the tragic incident happened around 2 p.m. local time on Wednesday, with the task now to see if there are any survivors, the reported Daily Star.
A severe storm hit the country’s capital Yaounde in the late afternoon before the plane’s signal was lost after it took off from the city’s Nsimalen Airport with 11 people on board.
Cameroon’s Minister of Transport, Ernest Ngalle Bibehe, confirmed in a statement that air traffic control had lost contact with the plane.
According to CNA, authorities dispatched both air and land rescue teams after the plane went missing.
These rescue teams have now reached the wreck, but it is reportedly highly unlikely that anyone made it out alive.
Authorities have not yet announced the plane’s owners and have released some images of the search at the crash site.
A ministry official said anonymously the plane “crashed” and rescuers were “trying to see if it was possible to save anyone”.
Cameroon24 reported that the crash left no survivors, but this has not been confirmed by official sources.
A list of the names of those on board has now been released.
Some of them are airline employees, while others were workers at Cameroon Oil Transportation Company (COTCO), the private company that chartered the plane, according to official sources.
COTCO operates a hydrocarbon pipeline that runs between Cameroon and neighboring Chad.
The tragedy is Cameroon’s first reported major air disaster since 2007. Then a Kenya Airways plane carrying 114 people crashed after taking off from Douala airport, leaving no survivors.
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