Search for missing plane continues

2015-09-06 21:06

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Dakar - Sea and air searches were continuing on Sunday for a medical evacuation plane carrying seven people, including a French patient, which went down off the coast of Senegal.

The twin-engine aircraft flying from Burkina Faso to Dakar disappeared from radars over the Atlantic on Saturday evening, 111km west of the the Senegalese capital, Senegal's civil aviation authority Anacim said in a statement.

Senegal's air force was searching the area for wreckage of the plane that left Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou at 16:35GMT on Saturday, according to airport sources in Burkina Faso.

Senegal's state press service APS reported that search operations led by two air force planes and a navy ship continued on Sunday.

The plane, which had been due to arrive in Dakar later on Saturday evening, belonged to the private Senegalair company, Anacim said.

No reason for why the plane seems to have overshot Dakar so far to the west when it crashed has thus far been given.

Senegal's Futurs Medias news group reported that the aircraft was suspected of having run out of fuel.

Apart from the patient, the plane was carrying two Senegalese nurses and a doctor as well as a Congolese man and two Algerian crew members.

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