A CASA C-212 aircraft run by the Congolese Airline, Aero, which left Yaounde Saturday for Congo, has disappeared in Yokadouma (south-east of Cameroon), the government said.
A statement issued Sunday by the Cameroonian Minister of Communications, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, said the aircraft was carrying nine passengers and two crew members, including six Australian, two French, one American and two British nationals.
The aircraft, which left Yaounde International Airport on Saturday at 9h 13 (local time), was due to arrive in Congo at 10h 20.
The nine passengers on the plane are executives of the Australian group Sundance Resources Limited, a partner of Cam Iron, which is exploiting the iron deposit in Mbalam, located near the border between Congo and Cameroon.
The Minister said a search-and-rescue mission was ongoing to find the aircraft.