Wreckage of Kenyan 737 located in mangrove swamp

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Investigators in Cameroon 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 city.

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.

A 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.”

He says that the swamp lies beneath the intended flight-path of the 737.

Flight 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.