Chinese Foreign Ministry said here Sunday that the accurate information about five Chinese passengers aboard a Kenya Airways aircraft that went missing early Saturday are yet to be confirmed.
Chinese embassies and consulates in countries concerned have contacted some of the Chinese passengers' employers to confirm their identities and would provide assistance for dealing with the aftermath, said sources with the ministry.
The five Chinese were among the 105 passengers aboard a Kenya Airways Boeing 737-800 plane, which originated from Cote D'Ivoire but was stopping over in Cameroon's Douala en route to East African country of Kenya. The aircraft left Douala at five minutes past midnight but failed to arrive in Nairobi, Kenya, as scheduled. The plane is believed to have come down in dense jungle shortly after taking off.
According to the latest briefing of the Kenya Airways on Sunday, as being hampered by dense forest, rescuers have not found the wreckage of the plane yet, so it can not be said that the plane had crashed, the sources with the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.
Chinese Foreign Ministry said they have sent staff to the accident site and urged local departments concerned to provide information of the Chinese passengers in time.