Curia collabore avec Corning pour faire avancer les programmes de développement et fabrication en flux continu dans le domaine biopharmaceutique

Cette collaboration marque la première installation mondiale du système de production G1 de Corning afin de soutenir une production de substances actives chimiques de plus haute qualité en utilisant une technologie de chimie en flux intrinsèquement plus sûre

ALBANY, N.Y., 24 mars 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Curia, une organisation de recherche, développement et fabrication en sous-traitance de premier plan, a annoncé aujourd’hui une collaboration avec Corning Incorporated pour étendre et accélérer les programmes de développement et fabrication en flux continu auprès des secteurs chimiques et biopharmaceutiques dans le monde entier. La collaboration avec l’équipe Advanced-Flow™ Reactor (AFR) de Corning inclut la première installation du système de production G1 de l’entreprise, conçu pour la production industrielle continue de substances actives.

La chimie en flux continu est cruciale pour le développement et la fabrication de substances actives et d’intermédiaires pharmaceutiques, et fournit des avantages par rapport au traitement par lots traditionnel. C’est une technologie intrinsèquement plus sûre qui offre une production de matériaux plus rapide et plus robuste avec une plus haute sélectivité des produits souhaités.

« L’innovation dans le développement et la production de médicaments requiert une sécurité à haute vitesse », a déclaré Christopher Conway, président de la recherche et du développement chez Curia. « La mise en œuvre du Production Reactor G1 de Corning dans notre installation d’Albany étend notre capacité à fournir des solutions évolutives qui répondent aux exigences complexes de l’industrie pharmaceutique en matière de développement et de fabrication. En employant une technologie avancée et des workflows standardisés, Curia offre une chimie en flux continu, du développement ciblé à l’échelle commerciale, et ce dans le monde entier. »

Le réacteur de production G1 comprend un ensemble actualisé de lignes de dosage et de contrôles permettant des opérations continues et une conformité aux bonnes pratiques de fabrication.

« Collaborer avec une entreprise axée sur l’innovation comme Curia aidera à favoriser des avancées dans l’industrie du traitement chimique », a commenté Alessandra Vizza, directrice commerciale des Advanced-Flow Reactors chez Corning. « La mise en œuvre du système de production G1 de Corning peut offrir une variété d’avantages. Ce système est une technologie intrinsèquement plus sûre qui aidera Curia à réduire le délai d’accès au marché avec un traitement des substances actives et chimiques de plus haute qualité, une efficacité accrue de la synthèse des substances actives et chimiques, et des coûts de production inférieurs. »

« Par ailleurs, les avantages de la technologie AFR de Corning en termes d’économie d’espace, de conservation d’énergie et de réduction des déchets peuvent aider les clients à réduire l’impact environnemental de leur activité de fabrication – un attribut clé alors que le domaine continue de prendre de l’élan aux États-Unis et dans le monde entier », ajoute Mme Vizza.

L’expertise de Curia et son réseau mondial d’installations, associés à la technologie de flux continu de Corning, peuvent aider à stimuler l’efficacité des entreprises et, au final, améliorer la vie des patients.

À propos de Curia
Curia est une organisation de recherche, développement et fabrication en sous-traitance de premier plan qui fournit des produits et services allant de la R&D aux clients pharmaceutiques et biopharmaceutiques en passant par la fabrication commerciale. Basés sur 29 sites à travers les États-Unis, l’Europe et l’Asie, les près de 4 000 employés de Curia aident les clients de l’entreprise à passer de la curiosité à la guérison. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur CuriaGlobal.com.

À propos de Corning Incorporated
Corning (www.corning.com) est l’un des plus grands innovateurs de la planète en science des matériaux, possédant 170 ans d’expérience en inventions qui changent la vie. Corning applique son expertise sans égale dans la science du verre, la science de la céramique et la physique optique, ainsi que dans ses capacités riches en fabrication et ingénierie, afin de développer des produits novateurs qui transforment les industries et améliorent la vie des gens. Corning réussit en investissant de manière soutenue dans la RD&E, par une combinaison unique d’innovation des procédés et des matériaux, et au moyen de relations profondes et basées sur la confiance avec ses clients, qui sont des leaders mondiaux dans leurs secteurs. Les capacités de Corning sont polyvalentes et synergiques, permettant à l’entreprise d’évoluer pour répondre aux besoins changeants du marché, tout en aidant ses clients à saisir de nouvelles opportunités dans les secteurs dynamiques. Aujourd’hui, les marchés de Corning comprennent les communications optiques, l’électronique mobile de grande consommation, l’affichage, l’automobile, le solaire, les semi-conducteurs et les sciences de la vie.

Contact chez Curia :
Sue Zaranek
+1 518 512 2111
corporatecommunications@CuriaGlobal.com

Contact chez Corning :
Sarah Pakyala
+1 607 974 4902
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Curia Colabora com a Corning no Avanço dos Programas Biofarmacêuticos de Desenvolvimento e Fabricação de Fluxo Contínuo

A colaboração é a primeira instalação global do sistema de produção G1 da Corning para suporte de fabricação de produtos químicos API de alta qualidade, com o uso de tecnologia de química de fluxo inerentemente mais segura

ALBANY, N.Y., March 24, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  A Curia, uma organização líder em pesquisa, desenvolvimento e fabricação de contratos, anunciou hoje uma colaboração com a Corning Incorporated para a aceleração de programas de desenvolvimento e fabricação de fluxo contínuo para indústrias química e biofarmacêutica em todo o mundo. A colaboração com a equipe do Advanced-Flow™ Reactor (AFR) da Corning inclui a primeira instalação do sistema de produção G1 da Corning, projetado para a produção industrial contínua de insumos farmacêuticos ativos (API).

A química de fluxo contínuo é fundamental para o desenvolvimento e fabricação de intermediários e APIs farmacêuticos, e oferece vantagens em comparação com o processamento em lote tradicional. É uma tecnologia inerentemente mais segura, que proporciona uma produção de material mais rápida e robusta com uma maior seletividade dos produtos desejados.

“A inovação no desenvolvimento e produção de medicamentos exige segurança em alta velocidade”, disse Christopher Conway, presidente de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento da Curia. “A implementação do G1 Production Reactor da Corning nas nossas instalações em Albany expande nossa capacidade de fornecimento de soluções escaláveis que atendam aos requisitos complexos de desenvolvimento e fabricação da indústria farmacêutica. Com o uso de tecnologia avançada e fluxos de trabalho padronizados, a Curia oferece química de fluxo contínuo, desde o desenvolvimento direcionado até a escala comercial em todo o mundo.

O reator de produção G1 inclui um conjunto atualizado de linhas e controles de dosagem que permitem operações contínuas e conformidade com os padrões cGMP.

“A colaboração com uma empresa focada na inovação como a Curia ajudará a impulsionar os avanços da indústria de processamento químico”, disse Alessandra Vizza, diretora de negócios da Corning Advanced-Flow Reactors. “A implementação do sistema de produção G1 da Corning pode trazer uma série de benefícios. O sistema é uma tecnologia inerentemente mais segura que ajudará a Curia a reduzir o tempo de comercialização com processamento químico e API de alta qualidade, maior eficiência da síntese química e API, e menores custos de produção.”

“Além disso, os benefícios de economia de espaço, economia de energia e redução de resíduos da Tecnologia AFR da Corning podem ajudar os clientes a reduzir o impacto ambiental das suas unidades de fabricação – um atributo fundamental com este campo continuando a ganhar força nos EUA e em todo o mundo”, disse Vizza.

A experiência e a rede global de instalações da Curia, juntamente com a tecnologia de fluxo contínuo da Corning, podem ajudar a impulsionar a eficiência dos negócios e, em última análise, melhorar a vida dos pacientes.

Sobre a Curia
A Curia é uma organização líder em pesquisa, desenvolvimento e fabricação de contratos que fornece produtos e serviços de P&D por meio da fabricação comercial para clientes farmacêuticos e biofarmacêuticos. Os quase 4.000 funcionários da Curia em 29 locais nos EUA, Europa e Ásia ajudam seus clientes a avançar da curiosidade para a cura. Saiba mais em CuriaGlobal.com.

Sobre a Corning Incorporated
A Corning (www.corning.com) é uma das principais inovadoras do mundo em ciência de materiais, com um histórico de 170 anos de invenções que mudam as vidas. A Corning aplica sua experiência incomparável em ciências do vidro, da cerâmica e física óptica, juntamente com sua profunda capacidade de fabricação e engenharia, para desenvolver produtos que definem categorias que transformam indústrias e melhoram a vida das pessoas. A Corning tem grande sucesso nos seus investimentos sustentados em PD&E, uma combinação única de inovação de materiais e processos, e relacionamentos profundos com base na confiança com clientes que são líderes globais nos seus setores. Os recursos da Corning são versáteis e sinérgicos, e permitem que a empresa evolua para atender às mudanças das necessidades do mercado, além de ajudar seus clientes a aproveitar novas oportunidades dos setores dinâmicos. Os mercados da Corning incluem comunicações ópticas, eletrônicos de consumo móveis, displays, automotivos, solares, semicondutores e ciências da vida.

Contato da Curia:
Sue Zaranek
+1 518 512 2111
corporatecommunications@CuriaGlobal.com

Contato da Corning:
Sarah Pakyala
+1 607 974 4902
pakyalasi@corning.com

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Ethiopia and the Netherlands Endorse the Launch of a Groundbreaking Private Sector Water Management Initiative by Nedamco Africa to Improve Water Needs for Over 10 Million People

The Governments of Ethiopia and The Netherlands endorse the Nedamco Africa Water Management Initiative

Left to Right: H.E. Dr. Eng. Habtamu Itefa Geleta, Minister for the Ministry of Water and Energy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; Mrs. Kitty van der Heijden, Director-General, International Cooperation at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Mr. Michael Kogeler – Chief Executive Officer, Nedamco Africa.

“In a joint press statement today, the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, along with their partners, endorsed the launch by Nedamco Africa of an innovative initiative to implement Water Management through a fully digital approach. This groundbreaking endeavor has the potential to significantly improve the water quality, facilitate direct access, and increase the availability of water volumes for approximately 10 million individuals residing in the metropolitan area of Addis Ababa.”

NEW YORK, March 24, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today at the UN23 Water Conference in New York, H.E. Dr. Eng. Habtamu Itefa Geleta, Minister for the Ministry of Water and Energy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and Kitty van der Heijden, Director-General International Cooperation at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, endorsed the launch of the Ethiopian SDG6 Water Management initiative. The initiative has the aim to improve the water needs of millions of people and will be based on digitally verifiable outcomes focused on the reduction of non-revenue water, increase of water quality, increased access to water, and higher availability of water. In a “first-ever”, leveraging the latest available technologies, the solution will measure, report, and verify outcomes of Water Management, starting in Addis Ababa, a city of 10 million inhabitants, starting in a sub-set of the city, using Digital Twins in a fully digital and transparent manner. This project is a collaboration of the Ethiopian local and federal government and multiple innovators in the profit and non-profit sectors like Microsoft, Bentley Systems, Deltares and VEI. The launch is endorsed by the Dutch Government. The SDG6 Water Management initiative has the potential to be rolled out to over nineteen other countries in fifty-five cities, improving the water needs of half a billion people.

Changing lives – African water challenges – In this era of climate disruption, African cities are grappling with a plethora of water-related challenges that are impacting the lives of their residents. The lack of infrastructure and investment is one of the main obstacles, resulting in restricted access to clean and safe water for many people. In addition, water pollution and contamination are prevalent, especially in informal settlements where residents have limited means of obtaining clean water. Furthermore, climate change and rising water demand are putting additional pressure on already scarce water resources, compounding the existing water challenges in African cities. These challenges must be addressed with innovative and sustainable solutions that improve access to safe water and ensure the long-term sustainability of water resources.

“We Africans are highly affected by the carbon emission released by the developed nations, and we are way behind to achieve the SDGs with the current pace unless we deploy new technologies and innovations. By synergizing the vision and mission of the two most committed and robust partners on the planet, along with the latest digital technologies available for water management at scale, we have a unique opportunity and responsibility to transform the daily lives of hundreds of millions of people in Africa, who are suffering a lot in search of clean water. Therefore, call to action for Africans to join for cooperation and integration to transform the lives of our citizens,” stated H.E. Dr. Eng. Habtamu Itefa Geleta, Minister for the Ministry of Water and Energy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

True impact through results-based financing – The parties are adopting a results-based financing approach. Through collaboration, knowledge sharing, and the use of innovative technologies and best practices, we aim to unite the world around water and pool global resources and expertise. The innovative solution, jointly developed by Dutch and international water eco-system players will help us overcome the water challenges that we face worldwide. The SDG6 Water Management initiative will ensure that partnerships between governments, businesses, and civil society are forged, leading to sustainable and equitable use of water that benefits all.

“Water management is at the heart of our nation’s identity. We have been facing the challenges of water for centuries, and through collaboration and innovation, we have found ways to turn these challenges into opportunities. In the Netherlands, I am proud to say that we have a long history of working together to manage our water resources. From our world-renowned systems of dykes and pumps, to our innovative approaches to water treatment and reuse, we have shown that it is possible to turn the challenges of water into opportunities for progress and prosperity. By working together, the world can do the same. Together, we can build a future where everyone has access to the clean water they need to thrive, where our rivers and lakes are protected from pollution and overuse, and where we are able to adapt to the changing demands of a rapidly changing world,” said Kitty van der Heijden, Director-General International Cooperation at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

Technology for good – Digital twin technology has the potential to significantly enhance water management in Africa, leading to better outcomes for communities in need. By creating a virtual replica of physical assets, such as water distribution systems, digital twins can be used to analyze, monitor, and optimize water usage and distribution in real-time. This, in turn, can lead to more efficient and effective management of water resources, reducing waste and improving water security. Digital twin technology can also help detect and prevent water leaks and other issues, thereby enhancing the access to clean water for communities, which is especially critical in areas with water scarcity. Additionally, digital twin technology can aid in the development of new water infrastructure projects, such as reservoirs, by simulating and assessing these projects in a virtual environment. This approach can provide valuable insights into the potential impact and effectiveness of these projects, reducing the risk of failure and improving outcomes.

Anke den Ouden, General Manager of Microsoft Netherlands, stated, “The introduction of digital twin technology in water management has the potential to significantly improve access to clean water and water security in Africa. It can optimize water usage and distribution, leading to a better quality of life for people in the region. We at Microsoft are proud to be a part of this initiative.”

Impact Investments for a better world – Nedamco Africa is a company that invests in, and is fully committed to making a positive impact on Africa and the global environment. They recognize the crucial role that water management plays in the sustainability of the continent and are focused on finding innovative solutions to the challenges facing Africa’s water supply. Nedamco Africa’s investment strategy prioritizes the measurement of impact over financial returns, emphasizing sustainable solutions that benefit the environment and communities in Africa. They invest in cutting-edge technologies, such as cloud skills, digital twins, and climate-friendly solutions to create a lasting positive impact. In water management, Nedamco Africa is working to improve access to safe drinking water, reduce water waste, and promote water conservation. Nedamco Africa is a driving force for impact investments that contribute to creating a better world for everyone.

Michael Kogeler, CEO of Nedamco Africa, expressed, “With a complete commitment to Africa and the planet, Nedamco Africa is at the forefront of impact investments that prioritize sustainability and positive impact. Our emphasis on innovative technologies and measurement of the impact of our investments is driving positive change and creating a better future for Africa and the world.”

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Seychelles’ telecoms providers sign agreement for SMS disaster risk alerts system

The Seychelles Meteorological Authority (SMA) signed an agreement with the country’s two largest telecommunication companies that expect to bring faster disaster risk alerts to the public.

The memorandum of understanding was signed on Thursday by Vincent Amelie, the chief executive of SMA along with the directors of Airtel Seychelles and Cable & Wireless Seychelles during a workshop to coincide with World Meteorology Day.

“It is important for us to be able to get these alerts out at the fastest possible rate so that people can protect themselves and their property,” said Amelie.

He explained that before, SMA relied mostly on media houses to send out these alerts but found that the most effective way to reach the public is through SMS to their mobile phones.

“With this agreement today, we can ensure that in the coming years, everyone in Seychelles will be covered through this early warning system,” added Amelie.

He said that although they cannot stop floods or other disasters, they can save lives by warning people early of any impending dangers.

For the two companies, signing such an agreement is giving back to the community and their contribution to ensuring the safety of the public.

“Airtel Seychelles has always supported the environment and today is a testament of our belief that environment protection, in this case, climate change, is one of our priorities,” said Jude Valmont, the brand, marketing and communications manager at Airtel.

Georges D’Offay, the managing director of Cable & Wireless Seychelles, said that when they were approached by the SMA, there was no hesitation from them to help out.

Several presentations on the importance of having such a system in place were held prior to the signing. It included the definitions of each three warnings that SMA – yellow, amber and red alerts.

“We want people to understand the colour codes better so that when such alerts come out, people can interpret it effectively and react to it,” Amelie said.

He is urging the public to take any alerts seriously and react to them, despite the fact that disasters may not happen.

“If it does not happen today, it does not mean it won’t happen tomorrow, so people must react properly to the alerts early as it can save their lives,” he added.

In his presentation, Amelie also spoke of the challenges SMA faces in accurately forecasting the weather, which will make the early warning system more effective.

“We want to have a Doppler radar, which gives a more accurate outlook of the weather including the amount of water in clouds and this will help us to give a better forecast,” added Amelie.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Seychelles’ President congratulates French naval officers involved in major drug bust

The Seychelles Defence Forces (SDF) and the French Armed Forces in the Southern Indian Ocean Zone (FAZSOI) will continue close collaboration in the battle against the trafficking of illicit drugs in the region, they reaffirmed on Friday.

The continued collaboration was part of discussions held onboard the French vessel Champlain where Seychelles’ President Wavel Ramkalawan met French officers involved in an enormous drug bust in the Indian Ocean.

Ramkalawan and the French Ambassador to Seychelles, Olivia Berkeley-Christmann, visited the vessel to thank and congratulate the team for the work currently being done in the region.

Around 1 tonne of heroin was seized on March 9 onboard an Iranian dhow, the Al Balal, on the high seas after the Champlain officers carried out an inspection. The dhow had been monitored for several days after its presence had been confirmed by a Seychelles Air Force Dornier flight operation.

“It was a highly successful operation, although it is not the first time that the BSAOM Champlain has helped Seychelles,” said President Ramkalawan in his speech to thank the officers.

The last time the vessel came to the small Island State’s aid was when there were tropical cyclones going through Aldabra Atoll, a Seychelles’ UNESCO World Heritage site, and Assumption, the island nearest to it.

“Had there been a need, BSAOM Champlain would have been the first vessel to assist us,” he explained.

The BSAOM Champlain is an offshore support vessel inspired by the platform supply vessel format, with a large loading capacity on deck and in the hold. It is 65m long, and displacing up to 2300 tonnes in weight, it is manned by two crews of 24 sailors, who change every four months.

Recently commissioned, Seychelles Coast Guard officer, Marlon Noel spent time on BSAOM Champlain.

President with Seychelles Coast Guard officer, Marlon Noel. (Rassin Vannier, Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC-BY

“It was a successful mission, with the sophisticated equipment on board the vessel. Everything was done according to our SOPs [standard operating procedures]. I have seen how the French forces collaborated with Seychelles and how they worked to intercept the threats in the region,” he told reporters.

He also explained that while this is not the first time he has taken part in such an operation as he has done so locally but it is the first time he has done so with an international team.

FAZSOI, which is a permanent military presence based in Reunion and Mayotte, regularly holds such operations to combat drug trafficking in the region.

Seychelles, an archipelago in the Western Indian Ocean, has an Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.4 million square kilometres which makes surveillance of illegal maritime activities a challenge.

The island nation has stepped up efforts to combat illicit drug trafficking and illegal fishing in its waters. Part of the measures is that SDF assets are continuously involved in regional operations with partner countries and organisations.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Sustainable development: Seychelles applauds historic UN high seas treaty

Seychelles and other developing countries will have the same right to access and benefit from resources found in the high seas through a new United Nations high seas agreement.

Member states of the UN agreed on a text for the setting up of an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) at the fifth intergovernmental conference of the Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) in New York on March 4 in New York,

Marie-May Jeremie, the chief executive of the Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust (SeyCCAT), who was part of the Seychelles delegation, told SNA on Friday that “for the first time there is a mechanism that is being established to preserve what we call ‘high seas,’ which for us are the places outside our EEZ [Exclusive Economic Zone].”

She said that the BBNJ will allow Seychelles and other countries to consider putting in place protected areas on the high seas.

The BBNJ Treaty, also called the Treaty of the High Seas, is an international agreement that aims to preserve and sustainably use the marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. This includes the high seas, which are outside of countries’ exclusive economic zones and make up nearly half of the Earth’s surface.

Jeremie said the benefits for Seychelles is that “we will have more possibilities to be part in research activities that take place in high seas especially. As a small island state along with other developing countries, we do not have the capacity to conduct these big researches. So, we want a system that is more equitable one in which everyone can benefit from what is called the ‘common heritage of mankind.”

The treaty establishes a decision-making standard that requires activities affecting high seas biodiversity — both new activities and ones conducted under existing bodies — to be managed to prevent, mitigate or manage significant adverse effects. It also provides for much greater transparency when an activity conducted within national jurisdiction may have impacts on the high seas.

Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, with 99 percent of its territory as ocean, this treaty’s aims and components are of national priority.

A press statement from the Department of the Blue Economy said the BBNJ treaty may benefit Seychelles in creating high seas marine protected areas (MPAs) that will help ensure Seychelles’ fisheries continue so that seafood production remains a pillar of our economy and provides food security.

Seychelles’ Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, Ian Madeleine said “The treaty itself amplifies some of the important initiatives that Seychelles has pioneered in relation to Area Based Management Tools and Marine Protected Areas, to a global scale in order to secure healthy oceans through international cooperation. Beyond that, with an international agreement that makes provision for capacity building and technology transfer, there is potential for Seychelles to access the means to realise its environment conservation and sustainable development priorities.”

The treaty creates the foundations for Area Based Management Tools (ABMT). Through it, MPAs will be set up and environmental impact assessments, capacity building and transfer of marine technology as well as the management of marine genetic resources will be conducted on the high seas.

These will have huge implications for Seychelles since it is surrounded by water and everything that happens outside its borders is linked to its EEZ and internal coastal waters.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Tanzania pilots failed to heed warnings before crash: govt

Tanzanian authorities said Thursday that the pilots who flew a Precision Air plane which crashed into Lake Victoria last November failed to heed warnings from an automatic “pull up” alarm system.

Nineteen people died when the plane plunged into Africa’s largest lake on November 6 last year, with police blaming bad weather for Tanzania’s worst aviation accident in decades.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan promised a formal investigation into the disaster as anger erupted over the government’s handling of the rescue effort.

In the second preliminary report to be published since the accident, the transport ministry said Thursday that an enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS) issued three alerts “about the excessively high descent rate”.

“The warning was not followed by corrective action of the flight crew,” the ministry’s aircraft accident and incident investigation branch said.

“Instead, the flight crew pushed the control column into a nose down position.”

The EGPWS alerts the cockpit if a plane is in danger of flying into the ground or hitting something.

The report said the pilots were flying in bad weather and in conditions marked by poor visibility, which “may have contributed to the failure to react to terrain warnings during the final approach.”

“This type of weather is common around the Bukoba airport and is well known to pilots,” it said, adding that the aircraft circled for about 20 minutes before its descent.

An earlier report published by the ministry soon after the accident said the rescue effort was too slow, and that more passengers would likely have survived had emergency workers been better prepared and equipped to carry out their duties.

Fishermen, who were the first to arrive on the scene, used canoes to pluck people to safety after a crew member unlocked a rear door, allowing survivors to get out.

But most of the victims were in the submerged front of the plane, while the two pilots were unable to escape the cockpit.

Investigators said the cause of the crash was still being probed.

Precision Air, which is partly owned by Kenya Airways, said 39 passengers and four crew members were on board flight PW 494 from financial capital Dar es Salaam to the northwestern city of Bukoba.

Source: Seychelles News Agency