Eleven dead including politician’s daughter as plane goes down in jungle

ALL eleven people on board died when a plane crashed in the jungle in Cameroon, officials said today.

Rescuers launched a desperate search for survivors after controllers lost contact with the aircraft shortly after takeoff at 2pm yesterday.

The burning plane wreck was located in a forest near Nanga Eboko


The burning plane wreck was located in a forest near Nanga EbokoCredit: CNA
The aircraft lost radio signal soon after takeoff at 2pm


The aircraft lost radio signal soon after takeoff at 2pmCredit: CNA

The flaming wreckage was later located from the air as emergency workers scrambled to the remote site.

There were hopes some of those on board could have escaped with their lives.

But today state radio CRTV said: “All perished in the disaster”.

And a transport ministry official told AFP: “There were no survivors.”

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The victims reportedly include pilot Adzuayi Ewuga, the daughter of former government minister and senator Solomon Ewuga.

She was flying oil workers from the capital Yaounde to Belabo in the east of the country, the transport ministry said.

Reports said the aircraft had been chartered by the Cameroon Oil Transportation Company (COTCO), which maintains a pipeline running to neighbouring Chad.

Transport officials said air traffic controllers lost radio contact with the plane soon after it left Nsimalen airport.

According to CNA it came during the storm that hit the capital city late in the afternoon.

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, 90 miles northeast of Yaounde.

The transport minister added that emergency services are currently on their way to the location site of the aircraft.

The cause of the crash is not yet known.

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