Thu, May 17, 2007
"Too Soon" To Speculate What Contributed To Accident
Ignatius Sama Juma, head of Cameroon's Civil Aviation
Authority, said the pilot of Kenya Airways Flight 507 took off
despite warnings from the Douala control tower that the weather
could turn dangerous.
"Certainly, there was a storm problem," Juma told The Nairobi
Nation newspaper. He said an investigation has been launched to
determine if human error or a technical fault contributed to the
crash, which killed all 115 people on board.
As ANN reported, Kenya
Airways Flight KQ 507 was bound for Nairobi and went missing May 5,
shortly after takeoff from Douala in Cameroon.
The Boeing 737-800 was carrying 106 passengers, eight crew
members and a flight engineer. Kenya Airways CEO Titus Naikuni had
said the plane took off an hour late because of rain. Douala
airport officials confirmed thunderstorms at the time, but said
that was unlikely to have been the sole cause of the accident.
"There was a thunderstorm, but there were other planes that left
after (the Kenya Airways flight to Nairobi) that had no problems,"
said Sobatam, the Douala meteorology chief.
Michael Okwiri, Kenya Airways corporate communications manager,
said it was too early for speculation as to the exact cause of the
"We have heard quite a bit of speculative information. We should
wait for the investigations into the cause of accident," he
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