New Delhi: The wreckage of the Kenya Airways plane, which crashed on Saturday, has finally been found in Cameroon.
Officials say there was no word on survivors. The plane had 114 people on board, 15 Indians among them.
The Boeing flight vanished shortly after taking off from Douala for Nairobi in torrential rain.
Being a thickly forested area, rescue work was hampered by heavy fog and rain. The wreckage was found 20 km southeast of the airport, along the plane's flight path. There are still no details of the reasons for the crash.
Says Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer, Titus Naikuni, "Kenya Airways regrets to confirm that its flight KQ 507 from Douala to Nairobi has been located on a Mangrove swamp 20 kilometres south east of Douala on the planned flight path. This now confirms that the aircraft crashed."
The Boeing 737-800, which began its journey in the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan, lost contact with the radio tower between 11 and 13 minutes after taking off from Douala airport in western Cameroon in a violent storm after Friday midnight.
Before the wreckage was found, family members of the passengers and crew of Flight 507 gathered at the Nairobi and Douala airports, where the airline opened crisis centres.
The names of 15 Indian passengers released by the High Commission are:
1) Mrs Shirly Nigli
2) Mr Kevin Joseph Jude
3) Mr George Joseph Kocherry
4) Mrs Maria Joseph
5) Ms Gracey Manuel
6) Mr B Madhusudhan
7) Mrs Bhagya Madhusudhan
8) Ms Poojita Madhusudhan
9) Amol Chauhan
10) Aman Gaur
11) Nalakeeth Gireesan
12) Mrs Meera Shah
13) Mr Inderdeep
14) Mr Prakash Sundaram
15) Mr David Kenneth John
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