Medical plane with 7 on board disappears off Senegalese coast

The plane was carrying three crew members, a doctor and two nurses as well as the patient.

The plane was carrying three crew members, a doctor and two nurses as well as the patient. Picture: freeimages.com

DAKAR - A medical evacuation plane with seven people on board, including a French patient, disappeared off the coast of Senegal on Saturday night during a flight from Burkina Faso to Dakar, the Senegalese civil aviation authority said on Sunday.

The private Senegalair plane from Ouagadougou disappeared from radar screens at 7:08pm, 118 km west of Dakar, the Senegalese capital, it said in a statement.

"The army has sent out two planes and a naval vessel to look for the plane," said a Senegalese military source.

The plane was carrying three crew members, a doctor and two nurses as well as the patient.

Those on board included two Algerians and a citizen of Congo, although the aviation authority did not specify whether this meant the Democratic Republic of Congo or Republic of Congo.

The plane, chartered by SOS Medicin Senegal, had left Ouagadougou at 4:30 pm, Burkina Faso's Minister of Transport, Daouda Traore, told Reuters. Ouagadougou is around 1,700 km southeast of Dakar.