11 dead in Cameroon forest plane crash

11 dead in Cameroon forest plane crash

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Nine passengers and two crew members died after a plane chartered by a company maintaining a major trans-border oil pipeline crashed in a forest in central Cameroon, state radio said Thursday.

The plane, which crashed on Wednesday, had been carrying workers of the Cameroon Oil Transportation Company, which oversees the upkeep of a hydrocarbon pipeline running to neighbouring Chad.

“All perished in the disaster”, the radio presenter said.

A transport ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP, “There were no survivors.”

The plane, whose type and make were not made public, was flying from Yaounde-Nsimalen airport to Belabo in the east of the country, the transport ministry has said.

It was found in a forest near Nanga Eboko, some 150 km (90 miles) northeast of Yaounde, it said.

“The chances of finding survivors are very slim,” a COTCO official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

COTCO says the $3.7-billion undertaking, comprising some 300 oil wells that have been drilled in southwestern Chad, is among the largest development projects in Africa.


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