Tanzania Vice President Survives Helicopter Crash

decease sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>“Dr Bilal who was waiting for the helicopter together with his entourage to go for a tour to Dar es Salaam areas hit by floods following three days of heavy rains got shocked as it hit a wall and crashed, ” said Gen Davis Mwamunyange, the Chief of Defence Forces.

Mwamunyange noted that the accident was unfortunate adding, that an investigation into the cause of the crash would be conducted with immediate effect.

Asked whether the helicopter had developed a mechanical problem, General Mwamunyage said the aircraft was inspected and tested on Saturday and yesterday morning before it was cleared to fly.

He added: “The Augusta Bell 412 was a reliable helicopter and the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) will carry out investigations to establish whether the crash was caused by pilot error or mechanical failure.”

Dr Bilal, Works Minister, John Magufuli, Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Said Mecky Sadick and Dar es Salaam Special Police Zone Commander Suleiman Kova were pulled unhurt from the wreckage of the helicopter at the TPDF Air Wing section of Julius Nyerere International Airport.

(African Review)


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