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Sixteen dead, three missing after plane crashes off Gabon

Sixteen people died and three were missing after a Gabonese airliner nosedived into waters off the Gulf of Guinea coast shortly after takeoff from Libreville with 30 people on board. The Gabon Express HS 748 was headed from Libreville to Franceville in the southeast of the central African country when it crashed after takeoff, part of its landing gear falling off and landing on the beach. Eleven survivors — eight passengers and three of the four crew members — were hospitalized in the capital, a spokesman of the airline, Gabon Express, told AFP. The office of Gabon’s president announced the toll late Tuesday, after emergency services worked most of the day to rescue those trapped inside the plane. Seven French nationals were aboard the plane — five passengers and two crew members — and five of them were among the survivors, the French embassy told AFP. Full Story

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