Air Guinea 737 ditches
in swamp few moments after takeoff, nothing more than minor
Talk about a lucky hundred or so passengers... On Friday, an Air
Guinea 737 took off from Lungi Airport in Freetown, Sierra Leone
with 110 passengers and crew. Soon after takeoff, the aircraft lost
altitude and plowed into a swamp some three miles from the
When authorities and emergency rescue personnel reached the
aircraft, they found it with one wing submerged in the swamp... and
all 110 passengers safe and sound. Some fifty of the passengers
were treated for shock and minor injuries.
"A combined team of airport fire and security services quickly
moved to the scene and helped to save the passengers and crew,"
airport spokesman Mohamed Swarray said. Sierra Leone's CAA stated
that the crash is under investigation and the cause is not known as