Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Chopper crash report expected in two weeks

The army board of inquiry investigating the August 12 crash of three Ugandan MI-24 attack helicopters which left seven soldiers dead in Kenya is expected to hand over its report to President Museveni in two weeks. Sources close to the inquest say investigators conducted interviews in Kenya two weeks ago where they spoke to several Kenyan Airforce officers at the Nanyuki Base.
The ill-fated aircraft set off from Nanyuki on the last leg of an itinerary which should have seen them arrive in Somalia for combat duty against al Shabaab militants under the flag of the African Union peace mission. Army spokesperson Col. Felix Kulayigye yesterday said he did not have details of who has appeared before the board and referred this newspaper to the chairman of the inquiry, Gen. Salim Saleh whose phone was off. “I can only confirm to you that the probe is going on.
But I don’t have details of where they sit and who they have talked to,” he said, “the methodology used is with the chairman,” But sources close to the probe say a number of Uganda Airforce officers, including survivors of the multiple crashes, have also been interviewed. With Uganda’s military is still coming to terms with the worst air tragedy it has suffered in years, the Defence ministry yesterday declined to say just how much the country has lost.

Source Daily Monitor

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