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Civilian passenger plane crashes, rescue teams search for survivors
Civilian passenger plane crashes, rescue teams search for survivors

Rescuers in Comoros rushed to search for survivors after a plane carrying 14 people crashed in the Indian Ocean

Rescuers in Comoros rushed to search for survivors after a plane carrying 14 people crashed in the Indian Ocean archipelago, Saturday evening.

AB Aviation said its small Cessna plane disappeared from radar 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles) from its destination during its flight between the capital, Moroni, and Fomboni, on the island of Moheli.

And the Comorian Ministry of Transport said in a statement: "Search operations have begun... to find the wreckage of the plane in the coastal region of Dguizi, which confirms its crash."

The Comoros government reported that the 12 passengers were from Comoros, and that the pilots were Tanzanians.

The chief police officer, Abdel Qader Mohamed, said that three speedboats were sent to the estimated crash site, "which allowed us to collect the wreckage of the plane and the things belonging to the passengers."

He added, "Tomorrow we will continue the search...as long as we do not find bodies, there is hope," while the authorities indicated that they had sought help from the neighboring French province of Mayotte.

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