May 23, 2024

CS Murkomen, Caleb Kositany involved in helicopter accident

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CS Murkomen, Caleb Kositany involved in helicopter accident

Helicopter ferrying Transport CS Murkomen and KAA board chair Caleb Kositany involved in an accident in Baringo

Helicopter ferrying Transport CS Murkomen and KAA board chair Caleb Kositany involved in an accident in Baringo.

Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary (CS) Kipchumba Murkomen and Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) board chair Caleb Kositany have survived a chopper accident unhurt.

The helicoper they had boarded could not take over in the Mwachon area of Baringo county.

According to sources, the duo was leaving for Migori when their chopper crashed while lifting off from the ground. 

Photos shared on the internet showed the ill-fated helicopter on grounds, its weight presumably having had an impact on the landing skids.

Police showed up at the scene for an immediate probe.

This came days after another aircraft accident that claimed two lives.

A Safarilink plane on Tuesday, March 5 collided with the 99Flying Club aircraft shortly after take-off from Wilson Airport in Nairobi.

In a statement, Safarilink said the incident happened at 9:45 am and its plane was carrying 39 passengers and five crew members headed to Diani in Kwale County.

The plane was forced to turn back to Wilson Airport for inspection and assessment. All passengers on board landed safely.

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“Safarilink Aviation wishes to report that this morning at 9:45 Local Time our flight number 053 with 39 passengers and 5 crew on board headed to Diani experienced a loud bang soon after take-off.

“The crew decided to immediately turn back to Nairobi- Wilson Airport for further inspection and assessment and landed safely. There were no casualties reported,” read the statement in part.

The airline noted that it has contacted agencies to investigate the incident.

“The relevant agencies have been notified and together with Safarilink Aviation are investigating this incident. We will provide an update once we have more information,” Safarilink added.

According to reports, two people on board the 99 Flying Club aircraft died.

The 99 Flying Club is a flying training school based in Nairobi catering to private commercial and airline sectors.

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) commenced investigations together with the National Police Service and the Air Accident Investigation Department (AAID) to establish the cause of the accident.

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