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Pilot blamed for Garang plane crash

Wednesday April 19 2006

A string of pilot errors was to blame for the helicopter crash that killed Sudan’s vice president and former rebel leader John Garang last year, a commission of inquiry said today.

Mr Garang’s death in the July 30 crash in southern Sudan led to the killing of at least 130 people during violent protests in Sudan’s capital and in southern cities.

The Sudanese Government and Garang’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement quickly formed a team to investigate the crash and asked Uganda, Kenya, the US, Russia and the UN to help.

"The findings attributed the cause of accident to a combination of ... factors all centred around the captain," said Uganda’s minister for Works, Housing and Communication, Mr John Nasasira.

Mr Nasasira, who led the inquiry team, cited a decision to fly without the aid of electronic navigation equipment in deteriorating weather and failure to take note of how close the helicopter was to the terrain for the crash. (AP)