Cameroon Airlines plane attacked during landing at Bamenda Airport
A Cameroon Airlines (Camair-Co) passenger aircraft came under fire while approaching an airport in Cameroon’s volatile English-speaking region.
The plane was getting ready to land in Bamenda airport in the country’s Northwest Region when it had been attacked by gunmen.
Bamenda, also known as Abakwa and Mankon Town, is a city in northwestern Cameroon and capital of the Northwest Region. The city has a population of about 2 million people and is located 366 kilometres north-west of the Cameroonian capital, Yaoundé. Bamenda is known for its cool climate and scenic hilly location.
The pilot was able to land the plane and there have been no casualties safely, the carrier said in a statement. “Because of the bravery of the captain, the aircraft could land regardless of the effect on its fuselage smoothly,” it said. Cameroon Airlines is assessing the harm to the plane.
Separatist insurgents in the English-speaking west of Cameroon have already been fighting the army since 2017, wanting to set up a breakaway state called Ambazonia.
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The Cameroon Airlines Corporation, trading as Camair-Co, can be an airline from Cameroon, serving as flag carrier of the national country.