A plane belonging to a private company maintaining hydrocarbon pipelines crashed on Wednesday May 11 in a forest in central Cameroon with 11 people on board, the Ministry of Transport announced. The emergency services are actively trying to find the occupants.

air traffic services “have lost radio contact with the aircraft” then the device was “located in the forest” near Nanga Eboko, some 150 km northeast of Yaoundé, the ministry said in a statement, without further details on the fate of the passengers. The aircraft is chartered by the Cameroon Oil Transportation Company SA (Cotco). Cotco is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of a pipeline between Cameroon and neighboring Chad.

The plane, whose type and brand has not been made public, was linking Yaoundé-Nsimalen airport to Belabo, in the east of the country, the ministry statement said. “Ground means are currently en route to the site” of the crash of the device for “to provide assistance to its occupants”the statement concludes.

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