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Ivory Coast crash: Four die when cargo plane comes down off coast

14 Oct, 2017 17:53:00

Rescuers used a cable to pull the wreck towards the shore [REUTERS]

A cargo plane has crashed into the sea off Ivory Coast, shortly after taking off from Abidjan airport, killing four people and injuring six.

The wreckage of the turboprop plane was swept toward a beach where rescuers could be seen treating what appeared to be surviving crewmen.

The plane was carrying freight for the French army, security sources told local news site Koaci.

It is said to have crashed in heavy rain, coming down near Port-Bouet.

Police confirmed the deaths and injuries. According to local news site Ivoire Matin one person was taken into custody. It is unclear if they are a member of the crew.

The wreckage is just off the shore [REUTERS]

It appears that the plane was a Ukrainian-made Antonov.

Source: BBC