Australian mining executives feared dead in Congo plane crash

by Bonnie Malkin

Australian mining magnate Ken Talbot and five other Australian mining executives are among 11 people reported to have died after their aircraft went missing over West Africa. Executives from three Australian mining companies – Gindalbie, Sundance Resources and Western Areas – including MR Talbot, a Sundance director and one of Australia’s richest men, went missing on a flight from Cameroon to the Congo Republic.

The plane, a CASA C-212 twin turboprop, was en route from the Cameroon capital of Yaounde to Yangadou in the Republic of Congo on Saturday when contact was lost.

The aircraft had been chartered by Western Australian-based mining company Sundance Resources for a tour of its Mbalam iron ore project in northwest Congo-Brazzaville.

The Foreign Office said it was looking into reports that two Britons were among those missing. Reports on Monday evening suggested the aircraft had been found and all the passengers were dead.

The group also comprised six Australians, two French nationals and one American.

Geoff Wedlock, chairman of Gindalbie and Sundance, four other Sundance directors, and Craig Oliver, chief financial officer of Western Areas, were among those missing. For more.

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