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Senegalese authorities continue search, rescue for missing plane


Dakar – The Senegalese Civil Aviation Authority has said that it will continue search and rescue for the missing seven people on board a plane which disappeared off the coast of Senegal.

The medical evacuation plane bound for Dakar, disappeared during a flight from Burkina Faso on Saturday night.
The private Senegalair plane flying from Ouagadougou dropped off radar screens at 7:08 p.m. (1908 GMT), 118 km (74 miles) west of the Senegalese capital, the Aviation authority, said in a statement.

“The search is still going on but it hasn’t been fruitful so far and we will probably continue it tomorrow,’’ Magueye Marame Ndao, Head of the authority, said.

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“We reckon the last point at which contact with radar was lost was 60 nautical miles (111 km) off the coast of Dakar,” Ndao said, adding that three planes and a naval ship were involved in the search.

The plane was carrying three crew members, a doctor and two nurses as well as the patient.

Those on board, included a French national, two Algerians and a citizen of Congo, the aviation authority said, without specifying if that meant Democratic Republic of Congo or Republic of Congo. (Reuters/NAN)

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