Mon, Jun 21, 2010
Aircraft Failed To Land As Scheduled In Republic Of Congo
An Australian mining executive, two pilots, and what has been
described by Mining Weekly.com as the entire board of the
Australian mining company Sundance Resources are reported missing
in the Republic of Congo after the plane in which they were flying
failed to land as scheduled in Yangadou. There were reportedly 11
people total on the aircraft.
Ken Talbot, described as a "mining tycoon" and his employees had
visited the company's iron ore project in Cameroon and Congo, the
company said. CNN reports that the flight departed from Yaounde
Saturday, but it did not land in Yangadou as was expected.
Air and ground crews have been searching the route of flight
since the plane went missing. A spokesman for The Talbot Group said
the last communication from the plane was about 30 minutes into the
flight, and there was no indication that there was anything wrong
at that time.
Also among the missing are Chairman Geoff Wedlock, managing
director Don Lewis, company secretary John Carr-Gregg, and
non-executive directors John Jones and Craig Oliver. The other
names have not been released.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said in a statement Monday
the Australian government would fully support the search efforts.
"All of our diplomatic and consular resources are being dedicated
to this," Rudd said. "We will leave literally no stone unturned in
our efforts to try and help what is a concerning set of
developments for these families." Canadian and U.S. assets are also
being used in the search, which is being led by authorities from
Cameroon, Gabon, and Congo. Trading of the company's stock has been
suspended while the search is ongoing.
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