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Fears for Ballymena man in Africa plane crash

A man born in Northern Ireland was on board a plane that crashed in dense jungle in central Africa.

James Cassley, who was born in Ballymena, Co Antrim, and brought up in Quin, Co Clare, was on the chartered flight from Cameroon to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

It is understood Mr Cassley, who has been living in London for some time, was travelling on a British passport. It is believed another British man was also on the flight.

Aviation officials said they lost contact with the aircraft on Saturday.

Mr Cassley has a cousin called Hector Cassley, who still lives near Ballymena.

He said the missing man's father, also Hector, was from Armoy, Co Antrim, and added that he was on his way to Africa.

"He only had one son," he said.

He said James Cassley was in his 20s and had been brought up in Co Clare.

British officials on the ground in Africa are also in contact with his relatives.

The aircraft, carrying nine passengers, was chartered by Australian mining firm Sundance Resources Ltd. The wreckage was found by search teams inside the Democratic Republic of Congo, but no survivors were found.


From Belfast Telegraph