(CNN) — Australian mining magnate Ken Talbot is among nine
passengers in a plane reported missing after it took off from Cameroon
en route to the Republic of the Congo, his company said Sunday.
of the passengers aboard the chartered flight were employees of
Australian mining company Sundance Resources, including some executives.
Talbot, 59, is the director of Sundance, said Brian Thornton, a
spokesman for Talbot Group.
The plane had taken off from Yaounde
on Saturday. It was reported missing after it failed to land in Yangadou
in the Republic of Congo.
The group was visiting Sundance’s
iron ore project in Cameroon and Congo, according to the company.
families of the missing have been notified and are being supported
during this deeply distressing time," the company said.
A search was under way between the takeoff point and
the intended destination. Military forces in Congo and Cameroon were
helping in the search, the company said.