The funeral was held yesterday (Tuesday) of the eight crew members of the United Arab Airlines Comet which crashed in Libya near Tripoli Airport on Saturday (2 Jan).
The funeral was held yesterday (Tuesday) of the eight crew members of the United Arab Airlines Comet which crashed in Libya near Tripoli Airport on Saturday (2 Jan). The ceremony, attended by a large contingent of the Airline's staff, took place at the Mosque of Thawra, in Cairo.
Sixteen people, eight crew and eight passengers, were killed when the Comet aircraft crashed into sand dunes just before it was due to land at Tripoli on a scheduled flight from Algiers to Cairo. An airport official said engine trouble was believed to have led to the crash, which happened on a day of high winds and poor visibility, but the cause has not been officially determined.
United Arab Airlines, which has the largest fleet of the British built Comet jet airliner still operating on scheduled services, grounded the entire fleet immediately after the crash. Airline officials said that there had been two minor incidents involving Comets at Asmara and Amman in the two days before the crash.
The day after the crash (3 Jan.), President Anwar Sadat created a new ministry to take overall control of civil aviation in the U.A.R., with Mr. Ahmed Nouh as Minister of State. Mr. Ahmed Tewfik Al-Bakry, chairman of United Arab Airlines, was given leave of absense.
The President was represented at the funeral by General Saad el Din el Sherif.