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Nasasira names probe team

By Vision Reporter

Added 2nd August 2005 03:00 AM

WORKS minister John Nasasira yesterday named three experts with vast experience, to investigate the tragic helicopter crash that killed the Sudanese 1st Vice-President and SPLM leader, Dr. John Garang.

WORKS minister John Nasasira yesterday named three experts with vast experience, to investigate the tragic helicopter crash that killed the Sudanese 1st Vice-President and SPLM leader, Dr. John Garang.

By Steven Candia

WORKS minister John Nasasira yesterday named three experts with vast experience, to investigate the tragic helicopter crash that killed the Sudanese 1st Vice-President and SPLM leader, Dr. John Garang.

Garang was flying back to Sudan from Uganda aboard the Ugandan presidential helicopter AF 605 Type MI-172 (VIP version) after meeting Museveni.

The plane hit a rock and crashed owing to bad weather south of New Site on the Uganda-Sudan border, just after Kidepo National Park, on Saturday.

The helicopter destined for New Site, Garang’s headquarters in southern Sudan, was being flown by Col. Peter Nyakairu and Capt. Kiyimba while Maj. Kiggundu was the flight engineer, who also perished in the accident.

The investigators are Ahmed Sebuliba Busulwa, a principal airworthiness surveyor with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Barry Kashambo, a senior airworthiness surveyor with CAA, and Maj. Pascal Mangeni, a flight engineer on helicopters M1-17 and MI-172 with the UPDF/Air Force.

They embarked on their duties immediately and left for southern Sudan yesterday.

Nasasira said in the statement that the trio departed for the Sudan at 16:05hours (4:00pm) and would be joined by their counterparts from Sudan and other countries and international organisations.

Busulwa, 61, has vast experience in aircraft investigation and aircraft maintenance acquired over years from various reputable institutions in the UK, the Netherlands and the Federal Aviation Academy (FAA) Oklahoma, USA.

Kashambo is a professional aircraft maintenance engineer with training experience in aircraft accident investigations acquired from Sweden, Philippines and Singapore in his 43 years.

Over the years, Kashambo has worked with Kenya Airways as an aircraft maintenance engineer and at the directorate of Civil Aviation as an airworthiness surveyor.

Among the 10 accidents and incidents he has investigated are Islander Aircraft-BN2A crash that occurred in the Rwenzori Mountains, the Cessna 210 operated by Capt. Hunger that crashed into Lake Victoria and the Gulf Stream 1 aircraft accident operated by Aircraft Leasing of Kenya that was originating from Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to Entebbe but hit a human being on take off.

Government sources yesterday said a tentative national mourning ceremony had been slated for Thursday to be held at the Kololo Airstrip, Kampala.

Nasasira names probe team

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