Eleven army personnel of the Guinean military including its Chief of Staff, KelefaDiallo died in a plane crash in Charlesville near the Roberts International Airport in Margi County during Liberia’s Armed Forces Day.
The CASA Aircraft CN 235 was bringing to Liberia the military delegation from Guinea to attend the Armed Forces Day celebrations on Monday, February 11th.
The bodies of those on board were discovered from the wreckage and taken to the Dusa Hospital in Margibi County.
Information Minister Lewis Brown disclosed that the 11 bodies of the Guineans killed after the plane crash in Liberia were flown back to their homeland Tuesday through a United Nations’ flight.
The plane went down about 45 kilometers (28 miles) south of Monrovia. Minister Brown said the black box and the digital voice recorder from the plane were found, and that the Government of Canada has agreed to take them for examination.
One resident who ran to the crash site said she heard screams from the plane before an explosion.
Liberia yesterday observed a day of mourning as a national holiday for the incident while Guinea is reportedly observing three days mourning for its army personnel killed.
The Roberts International Airport (RIA) revealed that the crash incident took place approximately 3 miles south of the aerodrome.
According to the RIA, the flight originated from Conakry, the Republic of Guinea. The 0709 GMT Air Traffic Control reportedly cleared the flight to land at RIA and that was the last known contact with the crew.
A search and rescue team was dispatched to the scene. The team comprised of RIA Rescue and Firefighting Department, UNMIL, authorities of the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority, the Firestone PPD Rescue and Firefighting Team, Firestone Medical Team and the Red Cross.
The search, rescue and recovery efforts recovered 11 bodies whose identities were not confirmed from the onset.