18 February 2013

Liberia: Gov't Begins Efforts to Probe Guinean Plane Crash

The Government of Liberia (GoL) through Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai has disclosed that it has begun efforts aimed at assisting with investigation regarding the recent plan crash which claimed the lives of a Guinean military delegation in the country.

Making the disclosure at the Thursday, 14 February 2013 edition of the regular Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) press briefing in Monrovia, Defense Minister Samukai divulged that Liberia has already requested the assistance of its bilateral partners relative to launching an investigation into what led to the fatal plane crash.

According to him, Liberia's bilateral partners' assistance will focus on establishing the facts and making what he calls "the determination of the cause or causes for the incident that occurred." The defense minister's assertions confirm a recent news publication by this paper indicating that the GOL had disclosed that the governments of the United States of America and Canada have agreed to help with the investigation regarding the horrific plan crash.

A CASA Aircraft (CN35)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 ten 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.

Others who lost their lives in the fatal crash were later identified as: Commandant Mahal Diallo;Mamodou Conde, Commandant Abodrame Camara, Adjutant Bangoura, Mustapha Sangare, Col. Mamadou Celou Dalin Diallo, Soriba Diawara and Mohamed Koumbassa.

How be it, Liberia's Defense Minister Samukai further divulged that in a bid to launch a probe into the actual cause or causes surrounding the Guinean air force plane crash, Liberia's minister of transport, Len Eugene Nagbe and the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA) boss, Richelieu Williams were at the time in the Guinean capital, Conakry coordinating efforts that will assist with the plane crash investigation.

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