The proposed testing of the Anglo-French supersonic airliner, Concorde, due to take place in Kenya from next week, has been criticised by Mr.
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TRANSCRIPT: ROTHE: Mr. Olindo, your record in pretty firm language, as having condemned the projected visit for tests of the Anglo-French Concorde aircraft, why is this?
OLINDO: There are a lot of reasons why any right-thinking person should condemn the Concorde in the present world. For the general public the first question is the fuel consumption of that type of airliner - the engine that has been developed. But most of all for health reasons. This is supersonic, as the name says, and the aircraft produces sonic booms which are devastating, particularly to young children. We have been told by our health authorities that even those unborn children are susceptible to the effects of these booms. So it is detrimental to the health of young children, expectant mothers, and we are parents - we don't like this. This is one reason. Now secondly, you have the atmosphere, which has got layers of various status of the atmosphere, and this particular type of an aircraft is reputed to disrupt - I think the ionosphere - of the skies, which means more radiation comes and reaches the earth. Now if this radiation comes here, it is bound to trigger off quite a lot of mutations and various trends in the development of people, animals, plants, to the extent that it might change the face of the Earth. And nobody can predict at this time whether it would be for the better or for the worse. It is an expensive aeroplane, and I don't think that Kenya's economy would ever allow this country to buy it in my lifetime. Why should they come and do the tests here?
Some people here in Kenya are suggesting that it is quite a compliment for Kenya to have been selected as the area for these tests, showing that Kenya has reached a considerable degree of technical sophistication. Wouldn't you agree with those people?
If I was going to be hanged and someone complimented me on being chosen, I would not agree him.
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This film includes an interview with Mr. Olindo in which he explains his criticisms of the tests. The interviewer is Paul Toulmin Rothe.
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Background: The proposed testing of the Anglo-French supersonic airliner, Concorde, due to take place in Kenya from next week, has been criticised by Mr. Perez Olindo, the Director of Kenya's National Parks. He has condemned the visit in the strongest possible terms, saying that it will represent a "very great health risk", mainly to young children and expectant mothers.
Concorde is due to arrive in Kenya on 26 February, but it is not yet decided how long it will stay there. The duration of the tests will depend on prevailing weather conditions.
The manufacturers of the aircraft have denied Mr. Olindo's allegations, and have said that the plane will be flying well below the speed of sound because it will be fitted with external equipment.