Rescue workers are reported to have recovered bodies after a Kenya Airways plane crashed in densely forested swampland near Mbanga Pongo, around 20 km from Douala airport. The Boeing 737 Flight KQ 507, crashed early on Saturday minutes after leaving Douala for Nairobi in torrential rain. All 114 people on board are reported killed.
"It's devastating. I found one or two whole bodies at the start, but since then everything is in pieces," said Captain Francis Ekosso of Cameroon's fire department, who was in charge of the rescue operation.
In a round crater gouged out of the bush, reports tell of victims' remains lay amid clothes, personal belongings and plane debris in a hole filled with muddy water. Apart from the plane's nose jammed down into the mud, there was little left of the rest of the aircraft bar fragments not much bigger than a car door. One of the two flight recorders has already been found,
How lucky the plane and passengers didn't entirely disappear like the one that crashed in Shanksville on 11th September 2001..... you know .. like they usually do.
Incidentally A Washington-based nonprofit group, The National Park Foundation, which already handles funds for the campaign will take over efforts to raise funds for a permanent memorial for Flight 93 victims after a 2 year campaign led by a consulting firm, Dallas-based Ketchum Inc., Press relations Agency fell short of its goal.
A coalition of groups, including Families of Flight 93, hired Ketchum two years ago to raise $30 million for the memorial, but the campaign had netted only $10.4 million as of April 12. Oddly a search of the Ketchum website produces no results for "Flight 93" or "Shanksville" (They do howevr in their case studies for companies like Levi Strauss, Kodak and P & G's Fairy Liquid, have a fascinating review of "US Potato Board: Reinventing the Potato" ... The mayors in Dallas and San Francisco declared the first day of the promotion "Take a Potato to Work! Day" .
Construction of the $58 million memorial is tentatively scheduled to begin in late 2008 or early 2009. A ribbon-cutting ceremony has been planned for the 10-year anniversary of the attacks.