Call for full report on military plane crash

HOSING DOWN: Firefighters douse the fire in the SA military aircraft that crashed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on January 9
HOSING DOWN: Firefighters douse the fire in the SA military aircraft that crashed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on January 9
Image: MSWANYAMA, KG/ TWITTER

Parliament wants a full report on the SA Air Force plane crash in the Democratic Republic of the Congo last week.

The SAAF transport aircraft crashed and caught fire while landing at Goma airport in the eastern part of the DRC on Thursday.

In a statement on Sunday, parliament’s portfolio committee on defence and military veterans chair Cyril Xaba said he was relieved that nobody had been injured in the January 9 crash.

Nearly 70 people, including members of the SA National Defence Force were on board.

“We need a full report on what went wrong and ensure that there are measures in place to prevent the reoccurrence of such incidents,” Xaba said.

He said that the defence industry was under severe pressure, and the SANDF was not in a position to lose strategic assets due to the country’s fiscal challenges.

“The committee will, during the next [parliamentary] term, invite the department of defence for a briefing on the details of the crash and the measures that are put in place,” Xaba’s statement read. — TimesLIVE

 


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