The Governor of the Littoral Region,
The General Manager of
The Resident Representative of ASECNA Cameroon,
The Representatives of Air Transport Companies,
The Representatives of the Media,
Thank you for honouring our invitation and coming out in your numbers for today’s meeting which is neither a conference, nor a press briefing. It is simply a declaration by the Chairman of the Technical Investigation Commission set up after the crash of Kenya Airways Boeing 737-800 that occurred here in Douala, on 5 May 2007.
As a reminder, on the night of the 4th to 5th May 2007, flight KQA507 from Abidjan International Airport (Côte-d’Ivoire) bound for Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport (Kenya) made a regular stop-over at the Douala International Airport. It was dark and the weather was stormy. Just after the take-off, the aircraft crashed in a swampy and mangrove area, South-East of
On 8 May 2007, the Prime Minister, Head of Government set up, by Order No. 098/PM, the Technical Investigation Commission on the air crash and assigned to it as mission to establish the causes of the accident. The Investigation Commission was made up of the following States and institutions:
In order to understand the causes of the accident, members of the Commission worked in the following cities:
After all this work, the Commission adopted a draft report that was transmitted to interested States and Canada for possible comments, as prescribed by the regulations in force. These States forwarded their comments which were assessed by the Technical Investigation Commission and have been taken into account in the final report that we have just officially made public.
The report, published and transmitted to Kenya, Canada, the USA and ICAO, contains information on the history of the crash, the airport facility, air navigation personnel, and the aircraft concerned. It is divided into four parts:
1- Basic information;
4- Safety recommendations
The report may be consulted on the CCAA website, www.ccaa.areo.
It should be noted that in compliance with the Convention on International Civil Aviation, the Technical Investigation is not conducted in order to establish faults or to determine individual or collective responsibilities. Its sole objective is to draw lessons with a view to preventing future accidents.
In conclusion, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the States which contributed to this investigation, especially to:
Thank you for your kind attention.