Plane Crash Reports Conflict

Police in Kampot province said they are searching for an airplane that reportedly crashed Tuesday morning near Bokor Mountain, but aviation officials cast doubt on whether an aircraft had gone down at all.

Kong Manny, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Air Force, said Tuesday morning that a small aircraft manned by foreigners had crashed in Kampot province at 10:30 am, but he later said he could neither confirm nor deny the re­ported crash.

Chhuk district police Chief Prumb Vesna said he sent nine po­lice officers into the forest near Bokor Mountain to search for a possible crashed aircraft after re­ceiving reports from local villagers, though the officers were soon out of radio contact.

The officers were still out of radio contact as of Tuesday evening, Prumb Vesna said.

Kampot provincial police Chief In Chiva confirmed that police officers were searching for a supposed crashed aircraft.

“We sent our police to that location, but they have not yet reached it because it is a very thick forest,” In Chiva said by telephone.

Along with the villagers’ ac­counts of hearing the loud sound of a plane crash, Bokor National Park Director Chey Yutharith said by tel­ephone that park rangers saw a plane fly within 300 meters of the top of Bokor Mountain trailing smoke before disappearing from sight.

“We [then] heard the sound of

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