Guinean officials die in Liberia plane crash


At least 10 people have been killed after a plane carrying a military delegation from Guinea crashed near the Liberian capital, Monrovia, Liberian government officials say. The Guinean officials were on their way to attend ceremonies for an annual armed forces day on Monday. A presidency official in Guinea said the head of the country’s armed forces and other senior military officials were killed in the crash. “There was the chief of staff and five other military officials on the plane,” said the source in Conakry, who asked not to be identified. “It’s clear that everyone on the plane is dead.” The plane went down in the town of Charlesville, about eight kilometres from the Roberts International Airport. “There were 10 people on board this flight and none of them survived,” said Liberian Information Minister Lewis Brown. The Guinean military chief, General Kelefa Diallo, was on a security mission to Liberia, police in Guinea said. Diallo was a close ally of Guinean President Alpha Conde.