Kenya receives draft KQ crash report

May 4, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 4 – Kenya has finally received a draft report of investigations into the Kenya Airways plane crash that occurred in Douala, Cameroon in 2007.

Transport Minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere said in a statement on Monday that the Cameroon government circulated the draft report on April 17, in accordance with rules of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

“We have been allowed sixty days within which to file our comments. This is the normal practice established by ICAO for consultation before compilation of a final report,” Mr Mwakwere said in a statement.

The parties to the investigation, he said, were Cameroon, Kenya and the USA which was the State of aircraft design and manufacture. America will also be required to peruse the draft report and make their comments.

“I have consequently recalled the investigation team to study the report and come up with necessary comments,” said the Minister.

Cameroon is then expected to compile the final report and release it.

Flight KQ 507 crashed in a mangrove swamp shortly after take off from Douala Airport, Cameroon on May 5, 2007, killing all 114 persons on board. The ill-fated plane carried 105 passengers from 26 different nations as well as nine Kenyan crew.

The flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder were recovered from the accident site and sent to Canada for readout and analysis in June.

“The investigators undertook additional research including reconstructive simulator exercises and tests. Supplementary investigations were undertaken at the facilities of Kenya Airways and the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority,” Mr Mwakwere said.

He said the probe took 18 months to complete.


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