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Pilot Heads Helicopter Crash Probe

13 June 2007 at 20:15 | 386 views

By Jonathan Leigh.

John Tambi, a pilot and Aeronautics Engineer has been
appointed to head the Commission set up by Government
to investigate the June 3 Paramount Helicopter Crash
at the Freetown International Airport killing 18
Togolese and Gabonese nationals.

Tambi, aged 52, studied Aviation at Oxford and holds
Master of Science degrees from Indiana State
University and Florida State.

Those who died in the crash were Togolese football
officials who were in Freetown for an African Nations
Cup qualifying match which their national team won 1-0.And
the three Gabonaise were stewards of Avirex, the
airline chartered by the Togolese for the journey to

In a related development, Sierra Leone Airports
Authority confirmed the disappearance last weekend of
a two seater plane on a flight from the Freetown
International Airport to Gbessia International Airport
in neighbouring Guinea, Conakry.
No details yet on the people onboard and the purpose of the journey.