We join the Government of Liberia(GoL) and our fellow compatriots in expressing our deepest condolence to the Government of the Republic of Guinea and family and friends of the Guinean military men who lost their lives, following an air crash on the Liberian soil.
A CASA Aircraft (CN35) 3X-GGG conveying senior Guinean Government officials to Liberia's 56th Armed Forces Day celebrations Monday, February 11, 2013 crashed in Charlesville, Margibi County, close to the country's lone international airport, the Roberts International Airport (RIA), killing eleven people.
Wreckage of the airliner was beyond recognition as rescue workers, including Red Cross workers and other health workers, who later trooped to the crash scene, removed charred bodies of victims from the burnt aircraft which crash landed few kilometers from the RIA.
A presidential statement issued in Guinea Monday through that country's ministry of defense confirmed the deaths of Guinean army chief of staff, Gen. Souleymane Kelefa Diallo and five others, who were part of an official Guinean government delegation aboard the crashed aircraft bound for this year's celebration of Liberia's Armed Forces Day.
Following the crash incident, the Liberian Government declared the next day as a national as a means of sympathizing with the Government and people of Guinea.
Like the GoL, we are deeply saddened by the incident. We consider it as a great loss not only to the people of Guinea, but the entire West African sub region and Africa at large.
However, we encourage the family and friends of the fallen Guineans to take solace in Allah-God as he gives and takes away. We pray that the souls of the fallen Guineans and the souls of all faithful departed rest in perfect peace.
Again, we express our deepest condolence to the Government of the Republic of Guinea and family and friends of the late Guinean military men.