A plane carrying 11 people crashed in a forest in central Cameroon on Wednesday, the transport ministry said.
Air traffic controllers “lost radio contact with the plane,” which was later “in the forest.” near Nanga Eboko, some 150 kilometers (90 miles) northeast of the capital Yaoundé, the ministry said in a statement.
A ministry official said on condition of anonymity the plane “crashed” and rescuers “were trying to see if it was possible to rescue anyone”.
The plane was chartered by a private company, the Cameroon Oil Transportation Company (COTCO), which operates a hydrocarbon pipeline connecting Cameroon and neighboring Chad, official sources told AFP.
The plane, whose type and make were not made public, flew from Yaoundé-Nsimalen Airport to Belabo in the east of the country, the ministry said .
It was di e first major air disaster reported in Cameroon since 2007 when a Kenya Airways plane carrying 11 4 people crashed after taking 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 aviation accidents with small passenger planes or helicopters.