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Cameroon soon to issue Kenya Airways boeing crash probe results

Posted by African Press International on April 19, 2008

Publisher: Korir, api africanpress@getmail.no source.apa

The findings of investigations into the circumstances of the Kenya Ariways Boeing 737 5 May crash are soon to be published, Cameroonian Civil Aviation Authority (AAC) director Ignatus Sama Juma revealed Friday.

The statement was made here Friday on the sidelines of the 3rd meeting of the steering committee on aviation security in Central Africa, held under the aegis of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

“It is my pleasure to tell you that we have completed the collection phase. We will submit the collected information for the first to mark the anniversary of the crash on 5 May next year, and move to the analysis phase so we can begin to write the report,” Juma said.

The AAC director said the publication of the findings should evolve the investigation as the victims families are still on the lookout for compensations.

The Kenya Airways Boeing 737-800 crashed into the mangroves near the town of Douala about 5 minutes after takeoff in a downpour, killing all its 114 occupants.

ICAO experts said aviation safety in Africa remains a concern – “while the average global crash rate stands at 1.03 for a million departures, the average is 9.7 in Africa.”

The two latest examples are this weeks crashes in DR Congo and Equatorial Guinea, leaving about forty and a dozen victims, respectively.

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