investigators are to analyse the flight-data recorder from the Kenya Airways
Boeing 737-800 which crashed in Cameroon
on 5 May, as the search continues for the cockpit-voice recorder.
of the Cameroonian and Kenyan Governments plus a team comprising accident
investigators and airline officials have travelled to the Canadian
Transportation Safety Board to monitor the work.
are continuing at the accident site outside of Douala
to pump water from the area. A spokesman for Kenya Airways says: “This process
hopefully will assist in tracing the cockpit-voice recorder.”
Airways flight KQ507 came down shortly after take-off from Douala
on a flight to Nairobi,
with the loss of all 115 occupants. Cameroon
formally opened an inquiry into the accident on 18 May.
of victims is still being carried out and DNA identification is to be conducted
– a country selected because of its experience in the field and its neutrality
with respect to the nationalities of passengers on the aircraft.
Airways has underlined its commitment to safety, stating that – as a member of
IATA – it is scheduled to undergo an operational safety audit on 20 July. The
airline insists that it complies strictly with pilot training requirements and
also says that it conducts safety audits of all the destinations on its network
every two years and that Douala
had been scheduled to be audited on 20-24 August this year.
programme led to the airline’s temporarily suspending domestic flights to Kisumu last year, and services to Lubumbashi
in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year, because of concerns over runway
conditions. Kenya Airways also opted against operating to Juba in Sudan
because facilities did not meet safety standards.