Plane with 11 onboard crashes near Yaoundé in Cameroon

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A small passenger plane carrying 11 people crashed in a forest yesterday near Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé.

The country’s transport ministry in a statement said the cause of the crash was not immediately clear, but the plane lost radio contact with air traffic controllers and was later located in the forest around 150 kilometers north-east of Yaoundé.

The statement added that the aircraft was flying from Yaoundé airport to Belabo, in the east of the country.

AFP news agency quotes official sources as saying the plane was chartered by a private company, the Cameroon Oil Transportation Company, that maintains a hydrocarbon pipeline that runs between Cameroon and neighboring Chad.

The official sources said the crash was the first major air catastrophe in the country since 2007, when a Kenya Airways plane carrying 114 people crashed after take-off from Douala Airport.