Shout-Africa News – Sydney – Fears grew for the safety of a group of Australian mining executives on Sunday after their plane disappeared en route from Cameroon to the Democratic Republic of Congo, their company said.
Australia’s Sundance Resources said the chartered plane travelling from Yaounde in Cameroon to Yangadou in the Congo failed to arrived on Saturday and had been reported missing.
“The flight was carrying nine passengers, predominately from Sundance Resources, who were visiting the company’s iron ore project in Cameroon and Congo,” it said in a statement.
“A comprehensive air and ground search coordinated by the Cameroon military will commence at first daylight local time on Sunday. A Congolese aircraft will also be involved in the search for the missing aircraft,” it added.
The group was understood to be in West Africa to speak to officials about the Mbalam hematite iron ore project.
The company said it would make more information available later.