searching a region of mangrove swamp outside Douala have located the wreckage of the Kenya
Airways Boeing 737-800 which disappeared yesterday shortly after departing the
swamp, located 20km (12mi) southeast of Douala,
had become a focus for recovery teams after fishermen claimed they had heard an
explosion accompanied by a strong disturbance of the water.
spokesman for Kenya Airways says that search and rescue personnel, including
representatives of the airline, are at the scene but adds: “We have no confirmed information about
survivors or any possible casualties.”
says that the swamp lies beneath the intended flight-path of the 737.
KQ507 had been operating from Douala
to Nairobi with 105
passengers and nine crew members on board. Contact was lost with the jet after
it took off from the Cameroonian city early yesterday, and the aircraft subsequently
failed to arrive in the Kenyan capital.