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Jun 19, 2007 at 12:00pm IST

Kenya plane 'crashes' in Cameroon

Yaounde: A Kenya Airways plane crashed in southern Cameroon with 115 people on board shortly after it took off from Douala in Cameroon, the central African country's state radio said.

The flight, which originated in Ivory Coast, was reported missing on Saturday after it failed to arrive in Nairobi.

"The last message was received in Douala after takeoff and thereafter the tower was unable to contact the plane," Kenya Airways CEO Titus Naikuni said.

FLIGHT TO DOOM: The flight, which departed from Douala, was reported missing on Saturday after it failed to arrive in Nairobi.

The 737-800 was carrying 106 passengers, eight crew members and a flight engineer, he said. "We have no details about what has happened to the aircraft," Naikuni said.

The flight departed from Douala and was to arrive in Nairobi. The flight originated in Ivory Coast but stopped in Cameroon to pick up more passengers, the airline said.

The airline opened a crisis management centre near the airport.

George Muhoho, managing director of the Kenya Airports Authority, said he had no details other than what was on the airline's statement.

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