French investigators head to Tanzania to help probe plane crash

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French air accident investigators are being deployed to Tanzania to assist in the investigation of a passenger plane crash which killed at least 19 people on Sunday. read more

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A spokesperson for France’s BEA air accident investigation agency said on Monday it was sending a team to Tanzania along with technical advisers from Franco-Italian planemaker ATR , which built the ATR 42-500 turboprop.

At least 19 people died when the plane crashed into Lake Victoria in Tanzania on Sunday while trying to land at a nearby airport, the prime minister and airline said.

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Flight PW494, operated by Precision Air, hit the water during storms and heavy rain, state Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) reported.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said investigators had launched a probe into what had happened.

Experts say most accidents are caused by a cocktail of factors that take months to understand fully.

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Under international rules, the locally led investigation would usually include the participation of authorities in France, where the plane was designed, and Canada, where its Pratt & Whitney engines were developed.

ATR said it was “fully engaged to support the customer and the investigation”.

Source: Reuters

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