A plane carrying 11 people crashed in a forest in central Cameroon on Wednesday, the Ministry of Transport said.
Air traffic controllers “lost radio contact with the aircraft” which was later “located in the forest” near Nanga Eboko, around 150 kilometres (90 miles) northeast of the capital Yaounde, the ministry said in a statement.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a ministry official said the plane “crashed” and rescuers were “trying to see if it’s possible to save anyone”.
The plane was chartered by a private company, the Cameroon Oil Transportation Company (COTCO) which maintains a hydrocarbon pipeline that runs between Cameroon and neighbouring Chad, official sources told AFP.
The ministry statement said that the aircraft, whose type and make were not made public, was flying from Yaounde-Nsimalen airport to Belabo, in the east of the country.
It was the first major air catastrophe reported in Cameroon since 2007 when a Kenya Airways plane carrying 114 people crashed after take-off from Douala Airport. There were no survivors in that accident.
Three years later, an investigation by Cameroon’s civil aviation authority concluded that the crash was due to pilot error.
Since then, Cameroon has only experienced minor air accidents involving small passenger planes or helicopters.
Join our WhatsApp Group to receive news and other valuable information alerts on WhatsApp.