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Abidjan crash reopens debate on location of airports


Crash takes place in busy sea suburb

By Nsikan Ikpe


A plane crash in Abidjan, Cote d’ Ivoire has reopened the debate as to the propriety of permitting airports to be located close to busy neighbourhoods.

According to reports, at least four people were killed when a cargo plane plunged into the sea near the Abidjan international airport.

The wreckage of the plane, which was carrying 10 people, was swept onto a beach where rescuers started treating survivors on the sand.

Further accounts have revealed that the four people killed were Moldovan, even as four French nationals and two Moldovans were equally injured in the crash which occurred during a storm.

The Abidjan international airport is located in a heavily populated area. However, thanks no doubt to the storm there were no apparent ground victims as at the time of filing this report.


President Alasane Quattara of Cote d’Ivoire




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