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By Staff Reporter

THREE Chinese experts arrived in Harare Monday to examine the MA60 aircraft which experienced an engine failure in Victoria Falls last week.

The three experts from China Aero Technology Import and Export Corporation (Cactic) and the China Aviation Industry Corporation 1, are also visiting other African countries where they have sold at least 17 planes, official media reported.

The experts, led by Li Ping, vice president and director-general of the China Aviation Industry Corporation 1, paid a courtesy call on Minister of Transport and Communications Christopher Mushohwe.

During their brief meeting, Li said the Chinese government was concerned with the reports and wanted to establish the cause of the technical fault.

"We pay attention to our customers and we came to establish theproblem and discuss, especially on this particular issue. We are going to do our best with our partners in Canada to solve this problem," Li said.

A mid-air engine failure on an Air Zimbabwe MA60 plane forced pilots into an emergency landing during which two tyres burst in the resort town of Victoria Falls last week.

The engine failure on the plane, only delivered to Zimbabwe last year, came just a day after extensive repair work on the plane.

There were no injuries.

Air Zimbabwe has three MA60s, two of them bought from China in May last year. The third came later as a donation by the Chinese government.

The planes service domestic routes, but two of them, including the one which made the emergency landing, were withdrawn from service two weeks before the accident to undergo maintenance.
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