Survivors? Downed Cameroon plane is found.
An aircraft that crashed in southern Cameroon was carrying 114 passengers and was finally found today. This story appeared in the Irish Examiner.
On board the plane was a writer for the AP and the chief financial officer for South African mobile phone company, MTN. The article mentions that "five Britons" were on board but says nothing about the other 109 passengers. This seems typical for international tragedy stories, if you can't make the tragedy seem like next door it won't get published.
The challenge for this story is the lack of details that are available. The aircaft was just found. From the story it seems like they found it by air, if they had driven there they would know about the status of survivors. The dense jungle and fog that the article mentions are probably hampering disaster teams. Also nothing is known yet about why the the plane crashed.
I compared this story with one from NDTV.com
This story mentions that 15 Indians were on board so I'm assuming this is an Indian publication. The article also mentions that the wreckage was spotted from the air, which is what I was assuming from the other story. This article is only three paragraphs long but manages to mention the other crew and passengers. Apparently there were 105 passengers from 23 different countries and 9 crew members from Kenya. This story is basically the same as the Irish Examiner one, the same sort of details are listed and the only difference is the length and the more detailed descriptions of the Briton passengers.
I think it is humorous that the Irish Examiner story managed to get a quote from Boeing Airlines. What did they expect him to say about the crash? It seems like they were fishing for conspiracy, like any good journalist.