23 August 2012

Kenya: Canada May Probe Saitoti's Accident

The Israel and Canadian governments have volunteered to assist the commission investigating helicopter crash that killed Internal Security minister George Saitoti, his deputy Orwa Ojodeh and four police officers two months ago. Sources at the Ministry of Foreign affairs yesterday said the two governments had shown their willingness to analyse the helicopter's six components that has been set aside for further investigations.

The Justice Kalpana Rawal led-commission had requested for expert assistance from several countries including, Israel, Canada, Britain and US. Among the components earmarked for further analysis include GPS Systems, the Skytrac transmitter, the Full Authority Digital Electronic Control and Vehicle and Engine Malfunction Display.

The GPS Map 695, Garmin GDU 620 and GPS 550 will be probed to establish the final chopper behaviour before the June 10 crash, while Fadec and VEMD will indicate whether the airframe and the engine system had any defect, prior to the accident. "Israel and Canada have so far shown interest and the commission will provide the specific information that they need," said source privy to the commission.

Last week, the commission sought help through the diplomatic channels to save time. "We have requested the overseas examination through the diplomatic channels. It is more of a government-to-government request," one of the commissioners Fredrick Aggrey Opot said last week. The engine shall be stripped locally and undergo a boroscope inspection to determine its pre-impact status while the inspection of the rotor to establish whether the aircraft had a problem with the power plant system just before the crash. Hearing resumes today.

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