DAKAR – An air and sea search involving four countries continued for a medical evacuation plane carrying seven people that is believed to have gone down off the coast of Senegal at the weekend.
Several aircraft and a naval ship were scouring ‘the estimated impact point’, 111 kilometres (60 nautical miles) 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 said.
The HS125 twin-engine plane, belonging to the company Senegalair, was flying from Burkina Faso to Dakar when it disappeared from radars shortly after 7:00 pm (1900 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.