BREAKING An Antonov An-26 crashed off Ivory coast shortly after takeoff

A plane crashed Saturday morning at sea shortly after taking off from Abidjanelix Houphout Boigny airport around 0900 UTC.

UPDATE 4 have died and 4 survived the crash.

First reports say it’s an Antonov An-26 (reg.ER-AVB) from the cargo charter company Valan Air carrying equipments for the French Army.

The crash could have occurred during a storm with heavy rain and lightning.

The wreckage was swept back towards the shore near Port-Bouët.

All four of the dead are Moldovan while four French nationals and two Moldovans were injured.

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Rescue workers have removed two bodies from the plane while a further two could be seen in the wreckage, the agency says.

The Antonov An-26 is a twin-engined turboprop civilian and military transport aircraft, designed and produced in the Soviet Union from 1969 to 1986.

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