Three Jump As Plane Crashes Into Hill

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An Antonov-24 crashed and burned Saturday in Gabon's heavily forested region of Ndjole, about 250 kilometers southeast of Libreville, killing five Congolese and two Russians. Witnesses claim the aircraft flew one missed approach and then maneuvered in the darkness for another pass. Three of the seven bodies were found shy of the wreckage and are thought to be those of individuals who jumped from the aircraft before it impacted rising terrain. Officials identify the Congolese as pilots and/or aviation technicians with the Congolese air force. The Russians have not been identified. The aircraft was en route from Congo with an ultimate destination of Douala, Camaroon, via Gabon when it crashed.