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Article Type: Disaster database From: Disaster Prevention and Management, Volume 17, Issue 4
23 July 2006AP-BAL
Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is expected to complete an inquiry into the crash of PIA Fokker aircraft F-27 (AP-BAL) within two-and-a-half months. CAA Deputy Director General Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Safdar Khan at a press briefing yesterday disclosed that the cause of the destruction of the aircraft is yet to be determined. All 41 passengers and four crew members were killed in the crash. The Inquiry Board, headed by CAA’s Air Commodore Javed Amin, includes a Pakistan Army expert, a PIA representative, two representatives from Rolls Royce and one from the Fokker company.
27 July 2006Crash, Khost Area, Afghanistan
A helicopter crashed in bad weather in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, killing all 16 people on board, including at least two American civilians, officials said today. Afghan army and US-led coalition troops have recovered 12 bodies and were searching for four more in the difficult, mountainous terrain where the civilian Mil Mi-8 helicopter crashed yesterday, Col Tom Collins, a coalition spokesman, said. Collins said there were Afghans and foreigners on board, including at least two Americans. The Dutch military has said two of its personnel were also on board, the first fatalities among Dutch forces in Afghanistan. “There are no survivors,” Collins said. “The terrain in this area is extremely difficult and we are now working hard to recover the remaining crew and passengers.” The Russian-made civilian helicopter crashed about 25 miles north-east of Khost city. Collins said there was no indication yet of what caused the crash. The helicopter was operated by a logistics firm, Tryco. A Tryco official in Kabul said the helicopter was rented by Fluor, a US-based company doing construction work in Khost province, about 90 miles south of the capital, Kabul. The 16 people on board reportedly included at least three crew. The Dutch military said two of its personnel, a lieutenant colonel from the air force and an army sergeant, were on board the helicopter. Maj Luke Knittig, a spokesman for a NATO-led security force in Afghanistan, said the helicopter had been flying to a so-called provincial reconstruction team base in Khost.
2 August 2006Air France Airbus (F-GLZQ)
Investigators have concluded a report into the crash landing of an Air France Airbus A340-300 (F-GLZQ) in which all 309 people on board survived, and would present it to Canada’s Transportation Safety Board, officials said yesterday. Flight 358 from Paris skidded off a runway at Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport a year ago, landing in a ravine and bursting into flames. Many of the 297 passengers have blamed the pilots for landing nearly halfway down the runway in bad weather and are suing the airline for negligence. The investigators examined whether human error, mechanical failure or bad weather were to blame. The preliminary report must now go to top officials with the Transportation Board for review and will not be made public until all of them have signed off. Christian Plouffe, a spokesman for the agency based in Gatineau, Quebec, said that process could take months. Initial investigations indicated that all systems on the aircraft appeared to have functioned normally. Officials said the digital flight data recorders revealed no system troubles or malfunctions. The initial findings released earlier indicated that the aircraft “landed long” or about 4,000 feet down the 9,000 foot runway.
3 August 2006Crash, Democratic Republic of Congo
A total of 17 people were killed today when an aircraft crashed in the far east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, said the United Nations peacekeeping mission. UN spokesperson Sylvie van den Wildenberg said: “The plane was carrying 14 passengers and three crew. There were no survivors.” “The plane, an Antonov 28 of the local company Air Traset, crashed about 50 km north of Bukavu, capital of Sud Kivu Province, as it was about to land.”
4 August 2006
The bodies of all 17 people killed in an aircraft crash in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have been recovered, an airport spokesman said today. All 14 Congolese passengers and three crew members, two Russians and a Congolese, were killed when their jet crashed yesterday about 30 km north of Bukavu as it was about to land at the city’s airport. The corpses of the Russian crew members were due to be repatriated to Russia, via Entebbe in Uganda, today, the airport spokesman said. The twin-engined turboprop, an Antonov 28 operated by local company Air Traset, was en route from the mining town of Lugushwa some 130 km south of Bukavu in the Mwenga region with a cargo of mining material.