Missing plane may have bumped Boeing
08 September 2015, 13:52
Dakar - An air and sea search involving four countries continued Monday for a medical evacuation plane carrying seven people that is believed to have gone down off the coast of Senegal at the weekend possibly afte rbumping into a Boeing.
Several aircraft and a naval ship were scouring "the estimated impact point", 111km west of Dakar, ANACIM, Senegal's civil aviation authority, said in a statement.
They included French, Spanish and Portuguese planes, a French diplomat in Dakar told AFP.
In Paris, a French foreign ministry spokesperson confirmed "the disappearance of a French national in the accident, on September 5, involving an air ambulance transporting her from Ouagadougou to Dakar".
The HS125 twin-engine plane, belonging to the company Senegalair, was flying from Burkina Faso to Dakar when it disappeared from radars shortly after 19:00 (19:00 GMT) on Saturday.
Apart from the French patient, the plane was carrying two Senegalese nurses and a Senegalese doctor as well as a Congolese man and two Algerian crew members.
ANACIM said the craft and a much bigger commercial jet may have "touched" in mid-air, while a local media outlet said the smaller plane was believed to have run out of fuel.
The plane crossed the path of a Boeing 737-800 operated by Ceiba Intercontinental Airlines, an airline based in Equatorial Guinea, at 18:12 GMT around 555km from Dakar, according to the authority.
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