In Kenya, several hundred Kenyan soldiers and officials from the West German airline, Lufthansa, have been carefully sifting through the scattered wreckage of the Jumbo jet which crashed near Nairobi Airport on Wednesday (20 November).
In Kenya, several hundred Kenyan soldiers and officials from the West German airline, Lufthansa, have been carefully sifting through the scattered wreckage of the Jumbo jet which crashed near Nairobi Airport on Wednesday (20 November). This was the first fatal crash involving the huge plane since it was introduced into service with world airlines five years ago. Fifty-nine of the passengers and crew died, but ninety-eight escaped.
The possibility of sabotage has been ruled out. The evidence provided by the plane's captain, Christian Krack, who is one Lufthansa's most experienced pilots, in conjunction with clues found in the wreckage, will prove vital in finding the reason behind the crash.
SYNOPSIS: The first fatal crash of a Boeing 747 occured near Nairobi airport on Wednesday. Fifty-nine people were killed but there were ninety-eight survivors.
The giant jet, on a scheduled flight from Nairobi to Johannesburg, crashed on take-off and broke into three sections as it ploughed through mud and boulders several hundred yards (metres) from the tarmac. Hundreds of Kenyan soldiers and officials of the West German Lufthansa airline have been sifting through the wreckage of the plane in the hope of finding clues showing why the plane crashed.
The Boeing 747 is considered one of the safest planes in the world. So far nobody has been able to explain just why the plane crashed. Forty-five-year old Captain Christian Krack, its pilot, has ruled out the possibility of sabotage.
Statements by passengers who survived the crash state that the tail of the plane hit an embankment. The Jumbo was engulfed in flames in about thirty seconds.
Survivors said they owed their lives to the hostesses and stewards of the aircraft who pushed them down rescue chutes.
The black box flight recorder has already been recovered from the crash. The Boeing 747 crash was the first at Nairobi airport since it was opened to traffic fifteen years ago.