Hunt on for 8 missing in Suriname plane crash

16th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Rescuers hunted Sunday for eight people missing after a small plane crashed in deep jungle in Suriname near the border with French Guiana.

The twin-engine Antonov AN-28 went down Saturday some 200 kilometers (125 miles) southeast of Paramaribo carrying two pilots and six other Surinamese nationals.

French Guiana was sending helicopters to help the rescue effort, centered on the remote village of Poketi. Efforts on Saturday had to be suspended due to bad weather.

The missing aircraft belonged to Blue Wing Airlines, a small Paramaribo-based airline which flies within the former Dutch colony of Suriname and to French Guiana.

A Blue Wing Antonov AN-28 crashed in April 2008 at Benzdorp, near the border with French Guiana, killing all 19 people on board.

© 2010 AFP

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