Americans Arrive for Crash Probe

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By Anna Shilongo and Petronella Sibeene

WINDHOEK

Two American aviation investigators from Cessna Manufacturing Company are expected in the country today to help in the investigation into the cause of the Cessna 210 aircraft crash last Friday.

Officer in Chief for Investigations Deogratia Tjihukununa yesterday told New Era that even though the investigation into the accident started on the day the crash occurred, he is the only one who has been working on the case so far.

Another chief investigator from Israel will be in the country also to lend a hand although the date of his arrival has not yet been confirmed.

The crew will set out to establish the cause of the Friday disaster.

Tjihukununa said investigations into the cause of the accident might take six months to conclude.

On Monday, eight Israeli forensic investigators in different areas of expertise arrived to help in the identification of the six people who perished in the plane crash.

The investigation team included members of the Israeli Police, people from the Zihuy Korbanot Ason Disaster Victim Identification organization, pathologists and religious inspectors.

They concluded their work on Wednesday and the bodies of the five Israelis were flown to their country of origin yesterday morning at around 05h00.

Forensic experts’ findings ascertained that the deceased were NamGem’s 54-year-old technical and marketing partner Shlomo Silberberg, production manager Avihay Abaro, planner Amit Cohen, laser sawing expert Ilan Adadi and quality control officer Zigdon Shmuel.

Silberberg had diamond interests in Namibia, and the other four passengers were members of his management team.

Along with the five Israeli businessmen died 24-year-old pilot Daniǟ

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