Guinea’s Chief of the Armed Forces, Gen. Kelefa Diallo, Killed in Plane Crash: Conde Calls for Three Days of Mourning
Below you will find two articles regarding the death of General Kelefa Diallo, members of his entourage and crew in a plane crash 40 kilometers southeast of Monrovia International Airport. Estimates of the number of people who died in the crash of the Guinean military helicopter vary from 11 to 18. In addition, the purpose of the trip to Liberia varied among news sources. Some suggest it was a security mission and others say that the purpose was to participate in Liberia’s Armed Forces Day celebrations.
As you will see below, Conde has called for three days of mourning in Guinea – Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. In addition Conde is postponing the Tuesday, February 12, meeting he requested with the “political class.” Given these circumstances, will the opposition continue with its march planned for Wednesday, February 13?
Monday, February 11, 2013 2:57 p.m.
This is the news of the day in Conakry. Death in a flying accident the Chief of Defence Staff General Kelefa Diallo continues to fuel wild speculation. Rumors of rumors, Guineans no longer know which way to turn. The government responded with the voice of the Minister for Defence to make it as the circumstances of the death of the now former head of Guinean military.
We deliver the statement of the Minister for Defence
On behalf of the President of the Republic, Head of State, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and on behalf of Guinean Government, I deeply regret to inform the people of Guinean military plane crash occurred on Monday 11 February 2013 at about 7:30 minutes on Liberian territory.
The accident claimed the lives of six members of the delegation led by Major General Souleymane Diallo Kelefa, Chief of General Staff of the army, and five crew members.
In this painful time in our country, our national army, the President and his entire government, through me, offer their sincere condolences to the bereaved families, the national army and the people of Guinea.
National mourning for three days, starting on Monday 11 February, will be observed across the country, during which flags will be flown at half mast Republic.
The soul of our illustrious dead rest in peace! “
Kelefa Diallo, a close ally of Guinea’s president, among several military officials killed while on security mission.
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2013 16:33
Much of the area where the plane went down in Charlesville is covered in deep forest [Reuters]
A plane carrying a military delegation from Guinea has crashed in Liberia, killing the army chief of staff and at least
nine other people, according to officials and a source close to the Guinean presidency.
General Kelefa Diallo, was on a security mission to Liberia when the plane crashed on Monday, police in Guinea said.
“There was the chief of staff and five other military officials on the plane,” the Guinean source, who asked not to be identified, said.
“It’s clear that everyone on the plane is dead.”
The aircraft went down in the town of Charlesville, about 8km from the Roberts International Airport on Monday.
A presidency official in Guinea confirmed that the head of the country’s armed forces and other senior military officials were killed in the crash.
Diallo was a close ally of Guinean President Alpha Conde.
“There were 10 people on board this flight and none of them survived,” Lewis Brown, Liberian information minister, said.
But a source close to Guinea’s presidency told the AFP news agency that 18 people had died.
“There were 18 people on board including the chief of staff of the Guinean army, General Souleymane Kelefa Diallo, and they all died,” the source said.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declared a day of mourning on Tuesday for the victims.
Much of the area where the plane went down is covered in deep forest.
Liberian officials said they did not yet have a list of those on board the plane and were unsure how many were crew members.
They were due to brief the press at the airport later in the day.