A cargo plane operating for DHL Express crashed into the sea off the African nation of Gabon late Monday morning, the company said, but there were no fatalities.
The Antonov An-26 freighter was operated by Solenta Aviation Gabon, which operates aircraft on regional routes on behalf of DHL Aviation. The accident happened at around 10:30 a.m. local time when the aircraft crashed just off the coast of Libreville, the capital of Gabon.
â€œAll individuals on board escaped serious injury and there was no cargo on board,â€ Deutsche Post DHL spokeswoman Bea Garcia said. â€œThere was crew and other personnel on board. I donâ€™t have a specific number right now.â€
Local media reported that four people were on board the aircraft and were transported to a local hospital after being rescued from the water. The aircraft was reportedly coming from Port Gentil, the second-largest city of Gabon.
It was not immediately clear what caused the accident. â€œSolenta Aviation Gabon and DHL are cooperating with the Gabon CAA in its investigation into the incident,â€ Garcia said.
In June 2004, a Gabon Express passenger plane carrying 30 people also crashed off Libreville, killing 19 people.