French air accident investigators are being deployed to Tanzania to assist in the investigation of a passenger plane crash which killed at least 19 people on Sunday.
A spokesperson for France’s BEA air accident investigation agency has been quoted by Reuters as saying it was sending a team to Tanzania along with technical advisers from Franco-Italian plane maker ATR AIR.
The plane builder is the firm which manufactured the ATR 42-500 turboprop aircraft which plunged into Lake Victoria, on Sunday, November 6, 2022.
The accident claimed the lives of at least 19 people. The Precision Airplane had 45 people on board.
Two pilots perished alongside the dead passengers. Two air hostesses serving on the plane were rescued together with 26 others.
The entire rescue operation was performed by ordinary fishermen at the Bukoba side of the Lake.
Experts say most accidents are caused by a cocktail of factors that take months to understand fully.
Under international rules, the locally led investigation would usually include the participation of authorities in France, where the plane was designed, and Canada, where its Pratt & Whitney RTX.N engines were developed.
ATR said it was “fully engaged to support the customer and the investigation”.
Since 1981 the ATR have built and delivered aircraft to over 200 airlines, in 100 countries across the world, and claims to have supported them in providing essential links for passengers and communities.