4 die as plane chartered by French army crashes off Ivory Coast

Four people have been killed and six others injured after a cargo plane chartered by the French military crashed into the sea near the airport in Ivory Coast’s main city, Abidjan, officials say.
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French soldiers pulling out the wreckage of a cargo plane that crashed near the airport in Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan, on Saturday. The plane, which had 10 people on board, had taken off from Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou. Four Moldovan nationals were killed, while the other six people were injured in the crash, according to Ivorian and French officials. It is not yet known what caused the crash, but officials said the weather was "very bad" at the time. The plane was chartered by the French army as part of an anti-extremist operation, under which France maintains a 4,000-man mission in the region.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 16, 2017, with the headline '4 die as plane chartered by French army crashes off Ivory Coast'. Print Edition | Subscribe