Medevac plane disappears off Senegal

MEDEVAC-300x150A medical evacuation plane with seven people on board, including a French patient, disappeared off the coast of Senegal on Saturday night during a flight from Burkina Faso to Dakar, the Senegalese civil aviation authority said on Sunday. Reuters reported.

The private Senegalair plane flying from Ouagadougou dropped off radar screens at 1908 GMT, 118 km (74 miles) west of the Senegalese capital, the aviation authority said in a statement.

The head of authority, Magueye Marame Ndao said that the search is still going on although it hasn’t been fruitful so far. He further stated that three planes and a naval ship were involved in the search for the plane

The plane was carrying three crew members, a doctor and two nurses as well as the patient. Those on board included two Algerians and a citizen of Congo, the aviation authority said, without specifying if that meant Democratic Republic of Congo or Republic of Congo.

The plane, chartered by ambulance service SOS Medecin Senegal, left Ouagadougou at 1630 GMT, Burkina Faso’s minister of transport, Daouda Traore, told Reuters.

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