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Saturday, 14 October 2017 - 19:17
plane crashes into sea in Ivory Coast, 4 killed
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A plane has crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from the international airport in Ivory Coast’s main city Abidjan.

Four Moldovan citizens were killed and a further two injured, Ivorian authorities said. Four French citizens, reportedly soldiers, were also hurt.

The crash happened during a storm with heavy rain and lightning.

Images showed the plane in pieces in the surf as witnesses and officials arrived at the shoreline near Port-Bouet.

A spokesman for French armed forces in Ivory Coast said it was carrying military cargo. The injured have been transported to Abidjan’s Port-Bouet camp for treatment, he added.

One aviation analyst claimed the aircraft was a Soviet-designed Antonov model belonging to a charter company sometimes used by the UN.

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