Ex-Nigerian minister’s pilot daughter, 11 others die in Cameroon plane crash

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The second daughter.of a former Nigerian minister from Nasarawa State, Adzuayi Ewuga, has died after a private jet she was flying crashed in central Cameroon  on Wednesday.

Reports said the pilot, whose father, Solomon Ewuga, is a former minister of state of the Federal Capital Territory, was flying a small plane belonging to Calverton Cameroon, a subsidiary of a Nigerian aircraft hire services company when it lost control with the control tower at Yaounde’s Nsimalen Airport on its way to Belabo.

 

 

The incident took place after air traffic controllers “lost radio contact with the aircraft” which was later “located in the forest” near Nanga Eboko, the Cameroonian Ministry of Transport said in a statement.

The aircraft was later “located in the forest” near Nanga Eboko, around 150 kilometres (90 miles) northeast of the capital Yaounde, the ministry said in a statement.

A ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the plane “crashed” and rescuers were “trying to see if it’s possible to save anyone”.

The plane was chartered by a private company, the Cameroon Oil Transportation Company (COTCO) that maintains a hydrocarbon pipeline that runs between Cameroon and neighbouring Chad, official sources told AFP.

Caverton Aviation Cameroon is a subsidiary of Caverton Offshore Support Group based in Lagos, Nigeria.