A cargo plane has crashed into the sea off Ivory Coast, close to Abidjan airport, killing four people and injuring six. The wreckage of the turboprop plane, which was carrying ten people, was swept toward a beach where rescuers treated surviving crewmen on the sand. All four of the dead are Moldovan while four French nationals and two Moldovans were injured. Local police told AFP the aircraft had been trying to land when it crashed. It is unclear if they are a member of the crew.
People pull the wreckage of a propeller-engine cargo plane after it crashed in the sea near the international airport in Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan, October 14, 2017. ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast – A cargo plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near the international airport in Abidjan, killing four crew members and injuring six others, an Ivory Coast official said Saturday. Ten people were aboard the plane that was approaching from the capital of neighboring Burkina Faso, Lt. Issa Sakho, commander of the military fire brigade, said on national television. The dead were four Moldovans, he said, adding that two Moldovans and four French crew members were injured. The cargo plane was carrying French military cargo, a French military official said.
The spokesman for French forces in Ivory Coast says at least six people were injured when a cargo plane crashed into the sea after taking off from the international airport in Abidjan. The spokesman says he does not yet have information on the number of dead or number of passengers. Lt. Villain did not give his full name, citing French protocol. He says the plane was carrying French military cargo. He says the injured have been transported to Abidjan's Port-Bouet camp for treatment.
Mutinying soldiers sealed off access to Ivory Coast's second largest city of Bouake on Saturday, soldiers and residents said, as protests over a pay dispute with the government continued despite warnings of harsh punishments. The unrest began in Bouake on Thursday before quickly spreading, following a pattern similar to a mutiny in January by the same group that paralysed parts of the West African country. Mutinying soldiers, majority of whom are ex-rebel fighters who helped bring President Alassane Ouattara to power, went a step further on Saturday, blocking roads leading north and south out of Bouake. "We do not want to negotiate with anyone," Sergeant Seydou Kone, one of the leaders of the uprising, said.. "We're also ready to fight if we are attacked. We have nothing to lose," he added.