The NEWS (Monrovia)

Liberia: Plane Crash Probe

Ongoing probe into the plane crash which left Guinea's Army Chief of Staff and ten others killed on Monday, February 11 has been transferred to neighboring Guinea.

The Guinean plane crashed in Charlesville, near Liberia's largest international airport, the Roberts International Airport, killing Gen. Souleymane Kelefa Diallo and others.

Defense Minister Brownie Samukai told a news conference Wednesday that Transport Minister Eugene Nagbe and officials of the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA) traveled to Guinea to assist with the ongoing investigation to establish what went wrong.

The black box of the Casa CN-235 flight has already been retrieved from the crash scene and the Liberian government has hired a Canadian to determine the cause of the crash.

Minister Samukai said the bodies of General Diallo, five senior military officers and crew members were escorted to Guinea on Tuesday by some AFL officers on an UNMIL flight.

He said Liberia sympathizes with the government and people of Guinea for this great loss of lives.

The Defense Minister did not say how soon the investigation will be completed but he disclosed that the Transport Minister and LCAA authorities along with others are in Guinea to gather some facts concerning the aircraft.

Meanwhile, Guinea has announced the appointment of General Namory Traore, the deputy army chief of staff to replace General Diallo.

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