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Published: Mon, October 16, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Plane Carrying French Army Freight Crashes in Ivory Coast Near Abidjan

Plane Carrying French Army Freight Crashes in Ivory Coast Near Abidjan

"The four victims who died are Moldovan nationals", firefighter Colonel Issa Sakho told local television.

The turboprop plane that had been carrying ten people had reportedly been trying to land when it crashed, killing four people and leaving six others injured.

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - One person was taken into custody after a cargo plane crashed into the sea off Ivory Coast, close to Abidjan airport.

The French military operates a logistics base next to the airport in support of its Barkhane operation, combating Islamist militants in West Africa's Sahel region.

Silue said he did not yet have information about what caused the crash, though he noted that the weather was "very bad" along the approach to the airport.

Hundreds of residents of the heavily populated neighborhood of Port Bouet, which surrounds the airport, crowded around the crash site. Lt. Villain did not give his full name, citing French protocol.

The French Defense Ministry said the four French nationals included a civilian and three military personnel.

Witnesses say they saw at least four bodies, but officials have not confirmed it.

Abidjan, the country's major urban center, lies on the southern Atlantic coast of Ivory Coast. It was unclear how many people were inside the plane.

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