Thursday, June 13, 2013

Africa: Survivors of Coton-Tchad Aircraft Crash at National Social Insurance Fund Hospital in Yaounde -- Cessna 208 Caravan, TT-BAU

The four survivors of the Coton-Tchad aircraft crash that occurred in Ngaoundere on Monday June 10, 2013, are presently receiving treatment at the National Social Insurance Fund (NSIF) Hospital in Yaounde. At the NSIF hospital on Wednesday precisely at the Orthopedic surgery ward where the survivors are being treated, the atmosphere was normal.

One of the victims, Raphael Yamiri, 15, was seen moving in the corridor to check on his father, the pilot. He said he is feeling much better but for some pain on his left side of his body. Another survivor, Moussa Bobe, 40, Cameroonian, said he sustained injury on his head but his situation is improving. The pilot, Yamiri Doumngar, also sustained a fracture on his right leg and several injuries on his heels, shoulders, wrists and the head.

The Director of the NSIF Hospital, Caroline Edjangue, said the victims were brought to the hospital on June 11, 2013 at 2:00 a.m. She said treatment began immediately they arrived at the hospital. The victims, according to her, are responding to treatment. "Their lives are not in danger because they are well catered for," she said.

The Cessna 208 Caravan plane matriculated TTBAU belonging to the Chadian cotton producing company, COTON TCHAD, crashed near the Ngaoundere airport in the Adamawa Region. The plane was flying from Ndjamena to Douala for maintenance and had five passengers on board at the time of the accident. Among the five passengers was the pilot and two of his sons who were going to Douala for holidays. One of the passengers, the co-pilot, died after being having been transported to the Ngaoundere regional hospital. The Minister of Transport Robert Nkili, visited the survivors on Tuesday June 12, 2013 to comfort them. Robert Nkili was accompanied by the Secretary of State for Transport, Mefiro Oumarou.


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