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Saitoti crash: Probe team seeks crucial answers on copter engine

10 September 2012, 13:05

On Monday, the probe into the helicopter crash that killed Prof George Saitoti enters a crucial stage as experts dismantle the engine in search of clues on what might have brought it down.

Investigations into the crash that also ended the lives of former Internal Security Minister’s assistant, Joshua Orwa Ojode and four police officers have so far unraveled a series of strange coincidences, including what appears to have been casual handling of the chopper, and a flawed tendering process.  As the team led by Justice Kalpana Rawal progresses with the arduous task of getting an answer for Kenyans on whether the crash was an act of sabotage, engine failure or other accident, what the commission has so far unearthed is unsettling and disturbing.

Top aviation and Government experts have made ridiculous confessions, including admissions that the chopper was repaired by a “mysterious” man and that the pilot in charge, who also perished in the crash, was certified by an untrained examiner who went ahead to give her high marks.

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