17 January 2013

Liberia: LCAA Boss - Delta Airlines Faces Investigation Soon

The Director-General of the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA) Mr. Richelieu Williams, has vowed a vigorous investigation on Delta Airlines to know the possible causes of its many breakdowns and irregularities in recent times.It can be recalled that recently, Mr. Williams through the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs wrote President Ellen-Johnson Sirleaf not to fly Delta Airlines due to its many breakdowns and irregularities in recent times.

Speaking on the 50-50 Program on Sky FM Wednesday, January 16, 2013, Mr. Williams disclosed that the investigation will be conducted in the first week of February. According to him, as per a preliminary investigation conducted, the airlines' flight series 787, which usually flies to Liberia and other parts of West Africa, is faulty, and therefore needs to be stopped from flying here.

He pointed out that the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) and the Air Speed Indicator (ASI) are all faulty on this series. He explained that the APU controls the air conditioner and other powers, while the ASI indicates the speed at which the plane is moving in the air. The tough talking LCAA boss stated that the radio and everything that has to do with entertainment on this flight is completely not good at all.

"I think Delta needs to change this series flight from coming here. With the change of this series, I believe things would be much better," said Director Williams. Speaking further, the LCAA boss noted that in case of any "crash," Liberia will be in the loss, because it is not a signatory to the Montreal Protocol. As contained in the Montreal Protocol, he said in case of any accident, each passenger is entitled to US$137,000 to be paid by the airlines.

Asked why the LCAA is yet to stop the airlines from flying to Liberia, he said there are international standards that must be followed, something which according to him, the LCAA is doing.

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