The Australian mining industry is in shock after the entire board of miner Sundance Resources went missing during a flight over Cameroon.
The plane went missing late Saturday night during a flight from Cameroon capital Yaounde to iron projects in the neighbouring Republic of Congo.
The flight included the chairman of Sundance, Geoff Wedlock, mining magnate Ken Talbot, as well as the rest of the Sundance Board, Don Lewis, Craig Oliver, John Jones and John Carr-Greg, as well as Talbot’s executive assistant Natasha Flason Brian.
The chartered CASA C-212 twin turboprop is believed to have encountered heavy thunderstorms during the flight.
Contact with plane was reportedly lost approximately 25 minutes after take off.
The aircraft is believed to have gone down in very dense rainforest.
Air and land searches are being carried out by both the Congolese and Gabon armies with assistance from Australian, Canadian and US officials in the area.
However, as of last night the aircraft had been out of contact for over 24 hours.
The crash may leave Sundance bereft of a board, making it the mining industry’s worst disaster since the 1988 crash near Leonora in the Eastern Goldfields of a light aircraft carrying the board of Independent Resources, according to the West Australian.
Sundance Resources has placed its shares on hold while it searches for survivors.