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Captain of illfated LAM flight accused of deliberately crashing the plane

Reports are beginning to emerge about the last minutes of the ill fated LAM flight TM 470, which crashed enroute from Maputo to Luanda, killing all 33 passengers and crew on board on 29th November.

Detailed readings taken from the flight data and voice recorder, both of which were recovered and sent to the United States for analysis, appear to suggest that the captain of the flight, when his first officer had left the cockpit for a short while, locked the door from the inside and then disengaged the programmed route and programmed the aircraft to rapidly descend to below ground level.

Preliminary releases yesterday talk of the new flight path being recorded on the data recorder while at the same time the copilot tried to gain access to the cockpit, with what has been described as shouting from outside the cockpit and sustained banging on the reinforced door, which unless when opened from the inside is now nearly impenetrable following the events of 9 / 11 and the subse…

Ethiopian Airlines and Rwanadair Sign Technical Support Agreement

Press release: Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and most profitable airline in Africa, is pleased to announce the signing of a technical support agreement with fellow sisterly African airline, Rwandair on 18 December 2013 in Addis Ababa.
Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, and, Mr. John Mirenge signing the agreement
The technical support agreement was signed by Ethiopian Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, and Rwandair Chief Executive Officer, Mr. John Mirenge. Per the agreement, Ethiopian will provide technical support service to Rwandair as of March 2014 for line maintenance up to A-Check and component exchange support for B737NG and Q400 aircraft. Ethiopian MRO Services will deploy technical team in Kigali to carry out the day to day activities on site while being supported as required from the main base in Addis Ababa.
"This agreement with Rwandair is the type of cooperation that is needed to ensure the success of the African aviation indus…

Miscommunication between tower/ATC and cockpit blamed for Ethiopian Airlines B767–300ER FLT. ET 815 Unscheduled Landing at Arusha airport.

While the authorities are still  investigating circumstances which led the ET-AQW  B767 to land  at Arusha Airport instead of KIA, clues have emerged that the incident can be accounted as due to miscommunication between the pilots of FLT ET 815 and the tower at KIA.
According to a statement by the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) Director General, Mr. Fadhil J. Manongi, the aircraft was scheduled to land at Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) at 1255 pm. The aircraft established radio contact with Kilimanjaro Control Tower at 1229pm and was instructed to continue with his flight and report when having the airport (KIA) in sight. Thereafter the pilot reported having the field in sight and was allowed to continue visually to enable him land in westward direction (runway 27).
After the pilot reported on left base of runway 27 (and having the field in sight), the Air Traffic Controller cleared the aircraft for landing. The Air Traffic Controller after a while without …

Ethiopian Airlines B767 makes emergency landing at Arusha airport, no casualties.

Updated!

News from Arusha, Tanzania reports that Ethiopian Airlines B767-300 (ET-AQW)  had an emergency landing at the Arusha Airport around mid day today. 
The aircraft, registered as ET-AQW was operating on flight number ET815 from Addis via Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar and back to Addis.


The ARK airport’s runway is 1620 metres long, too short for B767 operations. The crew landed safely and the plane came to a complete stop just at the end of the runway, however while maneuvering for backtracking the plane excursed the runway and the nose gear got stuck in soft soil. 



None of the passengers or crew reported to have been injured .
The ARK airport has been closed for any other flights in and out of ARK as the Boeng 767 is stucked at the end of the runway.

As of now we don't have the official communication of what caused the crew on ET815 to perform the emergency landing at Arusha but Aviationtz sources reports that the crew were instructed by ATC at KIA to hold at a facility called KB wh…

JOB VACANCIES at Precision Air Services Plc.

Precision Air Services Plc is a fast growing private Tanzanian Airline which operates in Partnership with Kenya Airways, with its strategies to expand wings beyond East Africa and Africa. Precision Air Services Plc wish to invite applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill in these challenging positions.

POSITION: QUALITY INSPECTOR ( 2 POSITIONS)  REPORTS TO: MANAGER QUALITY ASSURANCE  DUTY STATION: DAR ES SALAAM
Download details here :
https://www.precisionairtz.com/jobs/Quality%20Inspector%20Job%20Vacancy%20A4.pdf
Closing Date : Not later than 21st December 2013


POSITION: RAMP COORDINATOR ( 1 POSITION) REPORTS TO: STATION MANAGER HUB DUTY STATION: DAR ES SALAAM
Download details here :  
https://www.precisionairtz.com/jobs/RAMP%20COORDINATOR%20Job%20Vacancy%20A4.pdf

Closing Date : Not later than 21st December 2013


POSITION:   LOAD CONTROLLER OFFICER ( 1 POSITION)  REPORTS TO: …

Precision Air’s ATR aircraft damaged in Arusha is back in Operation

Precision Air's ATR 42-600, c/n 1003, reg 5H-PWI that suffered multiple tyre deflation in Arusha last friday is back on operations. 
According to the company's statement to the public, the aircraft has been pronounced safe and airworthy by the Airline’s Safety and Quality team and Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority after repairs and maintenance carried out by Precision Air's Engineers at PW hangar in Dar es salaam.
The following is the full official statement from Precision Air.
December 17 2013…….Precision Air is glad to inform the public and its passengers that the aircraft that had tyre deflation landing incident on 13 December 2013 is operational and back in traffic.

Precision Air Flight 422, a flight from Dar es Salaam to Arusha, using ATR 42-600 (code number PWI) which was reported to have incurred tyre deflation incidence as it landed in Arusha with 4crews and 37 passengers on board has been pronounced safe and airworthy by the Airline’s Safety and Quality te…

Kenya Airways cancels flights to/from Juba - Press Statement.

Kenya Airways has cancelled all flights to and from Juba in South Sudan due to the closure of the Juba Airport after heavy fighting broke out in the capital of South Sudan.
According to Reuters, Fighting erupted between South Sudanese soldiers overnight around the capital and gunfire and explosions could still be heard on Monday morning, witnesses in Juba said, following months of tension after the president sacked his deputy. Clashes were concentrated at two military barracks, the main Bilpam barracks north of the airport, and at Jebel barracks south of Juba, where the presidential guard is based.
KQ has issued the following press release. 


Nairobi 16th December 2013……..Kenya Airways wishes to inform its customers and the general public that all flights to and from Juba, South Sudan have been suspended due to the closure of Juba Airport.
The flights affected are KQ350/351, KQ352/353 and KQ354/355
Kenya Airways is closely monitoring the situation and will provide updates as we rece…

Precisionair Official Statement On Flight PW422 on 13/12/2013

News emerging from Arusha reports that one of Precision Air aircraft ATR42-600 has suffered tyre deflation on all four main wheels during landing at Arusha (ARK). The aircraft registered as 5H-PWI was on its normal scheduled services doing flight PW422. 
Precision Air Services has issued an Official Statement on the incidence as attached here below.


Precision Air Services Plc (operating as Precision Air; DSE:PAL) is a Tanzanian airline based at Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, with a minihub at Mwanza Airport.
It is the largest airline in Tanzania based on fleet size, destinations served, and passengers carried, having had a market share of 58.8 percent in 2011.

JOB VACANCIES at Precision Air Services Plc ( Pilots ATR & First Officers ATR)

Precision Air Services Plc is a fast growing private Tanzanian Airline which operates in Partnership with Kenya Airways, with its strategies to expand wings beyond East Africa and Africa. Precision Air Services Plc wish to invite applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill in these challenging positions.


A. Pilots ATR 42/72 (5 POSTS)

REPORTS TO : CHIEF PILOT
DUTY STATION : DAR ES SALAAM

Download details here : https://www.precisionairtz.com/jobs/Job%20Vacancy%20-%20Pilots.pdf
Closing Date : Not later than 12th December 2013

 B.First Officers ATR 42/72 (5 POSTS)

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REPORTS TO: CHIEF PILOT DUTY STATION : DAR ES SALAAM
Download details here: 
https://www.precisionairtz.com/jobs/Job%20Vacancy%20-%20First%20Officers%20ATR.pdf
Closing Date : Not later than 12th December 2013