DHL plane crashes in African nation of Gabon

June 6, 2011 - 11:12 AM
Gabon Plane Crash

Military police investigate a partially-submerged DHL cargo plane, which crashed just off the coast of Libreville, Gabon, Monday, June 6, 2011. The plane went down Monday morning, coming to rest with its nose buried in the low tide just off the coast near a major high school. Authorities at the scene who asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak to the press said the four-man crew had survived and had been taken to a local hospital. (AP Photo/Joel Bouopda Tatou)

LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — A DHL cargo plane has crashed in the Central African nation of Gabon, where police rescued the crew with speedboats.

The plane went down Monday morning, coming to rest with its nose buried in the low tide just off the coast near a major high school.

Authorities at the scene who asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak to the press said the four-man crew had survived and had been taken to a local hospital.

An Associated Press photographer at the scene said DHL agents also were present.

The plane came to rest in the shallow banks of the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast-hugging highway that traverses Gabon's capital, Libreville. Because it was low tide, the plane was not fully submerged.