Rescue workers recovered 12 bodies from the wreckage of a twin-engine plane that crashed into a mountain during bad weather in Angola's central highlands, state media reported Sunday.

The Beechcraft-200 plane was flying southeast from the capital, Luanda, when it crashed Saturday about 100 miles north of its destination in the central highland city of Huambo, state news agency Angop said.

Officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

A helicopter carrying seven people, including two television camera operators, had to crash-land while searching for the plane wreckage, reports said. No one was injured.

The southwest African country has a poor record in air safety, largely due to poor maintenance. Its national airline TAAG is on the European Union's blacklist and is prohibited from flying to European destinations.