NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
At least four police officers were
injured after a police aircraft crashed in the capital Nairobi
Nairobi County police commander Japheth
Koome confirmed the incident at Nairobi’s sprawling Mathare
slums after a brand new Agusta Westland 139 police helicopter
Koome said the 'chopper' was overflying Mathare slums when it
crashed within the National Youth Service field at about 4:00
p.m. local time.
The chopper, which was unveiled in April, was badly damaged.
Police said the four officers on board were on routine patrols
in the city when the incident happened and they were rushed to
Those at the scene said the pilot tried to make a hard
landing on the field when it went down headfirst before landing
on its back, badly damaging it.
The chopper had a capacity of 15 passengers.
This was the second police chopper to crash within less than
a month. A Bell type chopper crashed within Nairobi’s Wilson
Airport on Aug. 22, injuring two.
Also on Thursday, a woman was killed and four others injured
when a light aircraft burst into flames less than five minutes
after taking off at the Naivasha airstrip, some 100km northwest
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