By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 22 February 2014:
A 10-man joint Tunisian-Libyan accident enquiry is starting its work today into the reasons for . . .[restrict]yesterday’s crash near Grombalia of a Libyan military aid ambulance in which all 11 people on board were killed. The accident experts will begin looking for the plane’s black box, the Director General of Civil Aviation at the Tunisia’s Ministry of Transport, Kamel Ben Miled, announced yesterday evening.
The crash site had been sealed off, he added.
He said that the military aircraft had been given permission to fly to Tunisia because it was an emergency flight carrying sick people.
The plane, an Antonov 26, had taken off from Mitiga Airbase at 23:51 hours, he explained. At 01:14 hours, the pilot had told the control tower at Carthage Tunis Airport that one of the engines had caught fire. The control town had then prepared for an emergency landing, but contact with the plane was lost 01:16 hours.
None of the bodies have been identified as yet because they were too badly burned, Ben Miled said.
The dead have been named as:
- Salah Rashed Al-Emsalati, pilot
- Walid Khalifa Sefaw, pilot
- Amar Saleh Al-Jebali, navigator
- Juma Mohamed Aburruwais,flight engineer
- Ahmed Mohammed Al-Kendi,flight engineer
- Musbah Mohammed Ageel , doctor
- Nouraddeen Ali Assaid
- Abdulhakim Ali Assaid.
- Walid Saleh Assaid
- Muftah Mabruk Issa Dawudi
- Taher Abdulmawli Asharif
Dawudi, a former commander in the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group before the revolution, was undersecretary at the Ministry of Martyrs and the Wounded during the Kin administration. [/restrict]