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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

ATCL set to hire another flight

13th April 2012

Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) yesterday said planned to hire another flight, while completing the maintenance of its flights.

ATCL Acting Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Paul Chizi told reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the decision was a short-term plan to ensure the company continued flight services.

He said so far ATCL had temporarily suspended its services but would resume soon. He noted that the company would incur a loss of 400m/- until the services resumed in three weeks’ time.

Chizi explained that after three weeks they would resume the services although he declined to disclose the company from which the flight would be hired saying it would be made public after completing all required procedures.

The ATCL’s decision follows a plane crash, while taking off at the lakeside town of Kigoma on Monday in which 35 passengers and the crew aboard cheated death.

He said they were depressed over the incident but they had taken steps to ensure all passengers, who had made bookings proceeded with their travels as planned.

He, however, refuted rumours that the accident was caused by a failure to observe required procedures saying that all aviation procedures were observed.

“ATCL observes all aviation procedures so I call upon members of the public to trust their company because what has happened could also happen to other big airlines,” Chizi said.

On Monday, 35 passengers and the crew aboard ATCL flight ‘Ft 119’ from Kigoma to Dar es Salaam cheated death after the plane crashed, while taking off at the lakeside town.

On Tuesday ATCL management said it had entered into an agreement with PrecisionAir to carry its passengers, who had booked for a week, while finalising the maintenance of another plane expected to start operating next month.

“We have decided to find another option to ensure our customers are not stranded. We are collaborating with PrecisionAir to see that they transport our customers for one week,” explained Chizi.

He said all 35 passengers and the crew aboard the ill-fated plane were transported back to Dar es Salaam and they would make sure those who had made bookings were transported as arranged.

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