Government to invite experts from China to investigate helicopter crash landing
Government will invite experts from China to carry out investigations on what caused the Zambia Air Force (ZAF) helicopter to crash at City Airport in Lusaka on Tuesday.
A ZAF pilot, Misapa Mukupa died upon arrival at the University Teaching Hospital after he sustained serious injuries while his co-pilot Kenneth Chilala sustained minor injuries.
The accident happened when a crew returned from the Youth Day Celebrations where the three helicopters flew past the Freedom Statue.
Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba yesterday said government would invite experts from China who were the manufacturer of the aircraft to be part of the investigation team that has been instituted to investigate the cause of the accident.
Mr Mwamba said Zambians should be patient as the investigations would not be concluded within 24 hours but would take some time to be concluded.
“There is no development yet because as I said yesterday, we have instituted a body of inquiry into what caused crashing and results cannot be ready within 24 hours because we will need to bring in experts from China who are the manufacturer of that aircraft and so it will take some time,” Mr Mwamba said.
Mr Mwamba who on Tuesday announced the death of Major Mukupa said government was saddened with the death of the officer and has since sent messages of condolences to the bereaved family.
And speaker of the national assembly Patrick Matibini has asked vice president Guy Scott to issues a ministerial statement by Friday this week on the ZAF chopper which crashed at city airport killing the pilot.
This was after a point of order raised by UPND Monze central Member of Parliament Jack Mwiimbu who wanted to know what led the ZAF chopper to crash.
In his ruling Dr Matibini ordered Dr Scott to issue a ministerial statement by Friday to clear the air on the crashed chopper.