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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cameroonian Officials Find Signs Missing Plane Crashed

LOLODORF, Cameroon -- Signs have been found of a Kenya-bound flight that crashed in Cameroon with 114 people aboard, an aviation official said Sunday.

Thomas Sobakam, chief of meteorology for the Douala airport from where the flight left Cameroon early Saturday, refused to describe the signs, but said they were not pieces of wreckage. He said a state radio report that the crash site had been located was premature and refused further comment, stressing that the search continued.

Michael Okwiri, spokesman for Kenya Airways, said officials in Kenya also received reports that the plane had been found but could not confirm them.

"We have the same information, that the crash site has been located 180 kilometers from Douala," he said. "We have people on the ground and there appears to be conflicting information."

Kenyan government spokesman Alfred Mutua said he had heard the reports that the plane had been found and contacted Cameroonian authorities, but they were unable to verify the reports.

The international search for the Kenya Airways plane has been hampered by heavy rain and fog, thick forest and the rugged, remote terrain where it was believed to have crashed.

Sobakam said that at least 20 search-and-rescue vehicles left Saturday and spent the night in the wilderness. The effort includes a team of Cameroonian firefighters, as well as several teams led by MTN, a South African cell phone company that had several employees onboard the crashed jet, Sobakam said.

Helicopters had resumed combing the tree canopy for signs of wreckage Sunday, Sobakam said.