Wreckage of missing Kenyan plane found

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The wreckage of a missing Kenyan plane that went missing on Tuesday evening has been located in the Aberdares forest in central Kenya.

Transport Principal Secretary Paul Maringa said the FlySax plane is “reasonably” damaged.

Prof Maringa said the Cessna C208 aircraft, registration number 5Y-CAC, was found at 6.45am (0345GMT) by the aerial search team at Elephant Point, some 11,000 feet above sea level.

“A ground team of military specialists in mountain rescue operations has been dispatched to the site, which is 11,900ft up a 400m cliff face in a dense area,” Prof Maringa told journalists in Nairobi on Thursday.

“A recovery team, including medics has been directed there, and the Red Cross is on board too,” he added.

The condition of the plane’s two crew members and eight passengers is not yet known.

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The plane had been missing for over 36 hours and efforts to locate it on Wednesday were hampered by bad weather.

Two aerial cranes (heavy helicopters) from Kenya Defence Forces and Kenya Police are set to lead rescue efforts once the cloudy and misty weather clears.

The giant helicopters will guide five lighter choppers that will be used to lift passengers and crew, whose condition is yet to be known.

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