10 January 2014

Angola: Relatives of Lam Plane Crash Victims Heard From

Photo: Embraer
A Mozambique Airlines aircraft of the type normally used on the Maputo to Luanda route.

The relatives of the nine Angolans killed in the crash of the Mozambican Airline (LAM) plane on 29 November were heard from for the first on Friday in Luanda.

This was during a meeting with the members of the commission in charge of the process of compensation of the relatives of the victims of the plane crash, identification and transfer of the remains to the country.

Speaking to journalists at the end of a closed-door meeting held in the Foreign Ministry in Luanda, Elsa Luvualo, mother of the singer Action Nigga who died in the crash, admitted that many relatives of the victims did not have an idea as to how to discuss the issue, and therefore decided to seek the services of a lawyer to represent them.

She said that "Kenyon", an international company for emergency services in cases of air crashes, hired by LAM to deal with the case, came forward with three proposals to them: receive identified parts of the bodies; receive information of parts of each identified bodies; and receive the whole bodies at once.

On the other hand, Laurindo Lengazamba, uncle of late Fernando Antonio, recognised the meeting was positive because it helped clarify certain issues linked to the task of identification and transfer of the remains.

At the meeting, he said, the relatives of the victims received a form to fill up with their concerns and suggestions linked to the case.

In his turn, Kenyon representative, Stephen Gregory, will hold separate meetings with each of the families of the victims to discuss matters concerning the process of compensation , transfer of the remains and others.

The LAM plane flying from the Mozambican capital, Maputo, to Luanda, crashed on November 29 this year in the neighbouring Namibian territory, killing 33 people, including nine Angolans.

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