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Teacher dies after being hit by helicopter propeller

Teacher dies on spot in Garissa County after being hit by helicopter propeller while collecting exam papers.

A teacher working as KNEC examiner has been killed after he was hit by a helicopter propeller in Ijara, Garissa County.

The teacher is said to have died on the spot after being hit on the head.

According to Garissa County Commissioner Solomon Chesuti, the teacher was invigilating the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams.

The invigilator had just picked up the exam papers for the day at the deputy county commissioner’s office when the accident occurred. 

The teacher was near the helicopter as it took off. He was then hit by the propellers. 

“He was taking the papers to Masalani Secondary School and I think he moved nearer to where the helicopter was and he was struck as it took off,” he said.

“We left the police to handle it and after processing the scene, the body will be released to the family for burial according to Muslim tradition.”

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Police were called to the scene and proceeded it to the mortuary pending an investigation. Officials said there were plans to airlift the materials using a different chopper.

The area is affected by among others heavy rains that have rendered most roads impassable and insecurity. 

Kenya National Examination Council has organized dozens of choppers to help in airlifting the materials and officials from place to the other.

On Monday, another chopper that was on a similar mission crashed at the Wajir international airport. 

The incident left three people with serious wounds. They are stable in hospital.

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