Togolese Government demands compensation over helicopter crash
The Togolese Government is reported to have demanded compensation from the Sierra Leone government for their 21 citizens who lost their lives, including the Togolese Sports Minister Richard Attipoe, together with the Russian pilot in a helicopter crash operated by Paramount Airlines in Freetown in 2006.
According to the Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Sadiata Sesay, the APC government has finally resolved to go back to the investigation report put together by the then ruling SLPP to see how the investigation was done.
The Deputy Minister made this statement at the usual Thursday press briefing at the Ministry of Information and Communication, Youyi Building. According to the Deputy Minister, facts already available to the government indicate that the helicopter was privately owned and that the pilot had in his possession an expired license when the accident occurred. The Government, she said has been informed that the Russian owner of the helicopter is currently on the run.
The media has also called on the government to investigate the alleged $30,000 that was paid by the owner of the helicopter to certify its air worthiness.
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