MORONI: Rescue teams in the Comoros scrambled on Saturday to find survivors and the wreckage of a plane carrying 14 people that crashed in the Indian Ocean archipelago on Saturday.
AB Aviation said its small Cessna plane disappeared from radar about 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles) from its destination during its flight between the capital Moroni and the town of Fomboni on Moheli island.
“Search operations… have started to find the wreckage of the aircraft in the coastal area of Djoiezi confirming the accident,” the Comoros Ministry of Transport said in a statement.
The Comorian government said the 12 passengers were Comorians and the two pilots were Tanzanians.
Authorities said fishing boats and at least one speedboat were quickly deployed to the position where the plane’s signal was lost.
Support is being offered to affected families in Moheli and the island of Grande Comore in Moroni.