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Wrecked Kenyan plane found in Cameroon jungle, Indian victims kin seek divine intervention

Relatives of 15 Indians, who are feared dead in the Kenyan Airways plane that crashed in southern Cameroon near Niete town on Saturday, are praying for the wellbeing of their loved ones.

By Juhan Samuel

Kochi (Kerala), May.7 : Relatives of 15 Indians, who are feared dead in the Kenyan Airways plane that crashed in southern Cameroon near Niete town on Saturday, are praying for the wellbeing of their loved ones.

Kenyan Airways officials said that the wrecked plane has been found in in the southern town of Douala in west Cameroon.The plane was found in a mangrove forest on the outskirts of the southern town of Douala.

The wreckage was found after an intensive search operation carried out by the military helicopters and villagers on motorbikes in the thick tropical forest of southern Cameroon.

Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Titus Naikuni said that they had received reports from some local fishermen who heard a loud bang and disturbance on the water levels the day the aircraft went missing.

As per the list of the passengers released by the Kenya Airways out of the 114 people on board the Boeing 737-800 aircraft, 15 were Indians.

Cecil George Kocherry, younger brother of Joseph George Kocherry,one of the Indians missing with his wife Maria after the crash, said: "We are shocked by the news.

He (Joseph) was supposed to be here to attend the wedding of his son Vipin. He is very bold.

If he is alive he will come out of the forest with his wife. He was a gentle, humorous and bold man, always smiling and this attracted all of us".

Kevin Joseph Negly, another Indian who went missing along with his wife Sherly after the crash, was coming back to India to settle down.

"They were returning after two years and wanted to settle in Bangalore along with their son. We have no other information. They were expected to arrive today at Bangalore.

Then their son contacted us and told us about the crash," said Acqualine Rodriquezx, Negly's cousin.

The aircraft took off from Douala in Cameroon at five minutes past Friday midnight, (local time) and was due to arrive in Nairobi Saturday morning.

Soon after the take-off, the plane had lost contact with the control tower in Douala. It was reported to have come down in thick jungle.

The aircraft, which was only six months old, was carrying 105 passengers and nine crew members, including Africans, Chinese, Indians, Europeans and an American.

In total there were 82 Africans of various nationalities, 15 Indians, six Chinese, five Britons, one Swiss, one Swede and one US citizen including the crewmembers.

Authorities in Cameroon have set up two emergency centres, one in Yaounde and the other in Douala, to coordinate search operations.

A crisis centre has also been established at Nairobi Airport.

ANI

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