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Britons on crashed airliner named
The flight crashed in a mangrove swamp
Five Britons on board a plane that crashed in southern Cameroon have been named by the Foreign Office.

Sarah Stewart, Adam Stewart, Anthony Mitchell, Stuart Claisse and Gordon Wright were on the Kenya Airways Boeing 737-800 when it came down.

Officials said it was found in a swamp and there is no chance of any of the 114 people on board having survived.

The flight originated in Ivory Coast and was reported missing on Saturday after it failed to arrive in Kenya.

New fleet

The FO said the Britons' next of kin had been informed.

A UK consular team in Cameroon are to liaise with relatives.

Mr Claisse, 45, who had been based in Cape Town, South Africa, for the last two years, was on a business trip, his brother Matthew told the BBC.

Stuart's family loved him dearly. He was very precious to us and he will always be missed
Matthew Claisse

The father-of-four, who grew up in Southampton, worked for oil company Chevron, where he was head of internal audit for Africa and the Middle East.

"Stuart was a devoted family man who adored his wife, children, and wider family," Matthew said.

"Spending time with his wife and children was precious to him. He died working for an employer that he was totally committed to and loved working for.

"Stuart's family loved him dearly. He was very precious to us and he will always be missed.

"He leaves behind his wife, four children, parents and his brother and sister."

Mr Mitchell, who was based in Nairobi for news agency Associated Press, had been on assignment in the region for the past week and contacted his family before boarding the flight to say he was heading home. It is understood he has family in London.

He was expelled from Ethiopia in January 2006 after being accused of portraying the country in a bad light in his reports for AP.

The aircraft was just six months old and part of a new fleet bought by the airline, which has a good safety record.

It crashed in a mangrove swamp at midnight on Saturday, 12 miles south-east of Douala, where it had taken off.

Contact with Flight KQ507 was lost by air traffic control shortly after take-off at 0005 local time (0105 GMT). It was due to arrive in Nairobi at 0615 (0315 GMT).

People from at least 23 different nationalities were on board, according to Kenya Airways.

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