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Five injured as light aircraft crashes in Kenya’s Nairobi    

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- At least five people including three journalists were injured on Wednesday after a light aircraft crashed a few minutes after take-off from Wilson Airport in Nairobi.

Police Airwing Commandant Rodgers Mbithi said the Cesna 206 plane was ferrying three journalists- two reporters and a cameraman- to a political rally by the opposition leaders in Baringo when it crashed in Kibera in the city.

“We have rushed the injured to the hospital,” said Mbithi, noting that the victims are in stable condition. Eye witnesses said the plane was badly damaged.

“Experts are on the ground to establish the cause of the crash. The victims including the pilot were rushed to hospital,” said Mbithi.

The journalists were injured and later rushed to Nairobi Hospital in a stable condition. The pilot was seriously injured, witnesses said.

“They are in stable condition and we have talked to them in hospital,” said one of their colleagues who saw them. Witnesses said they heard the plane coming down with a funny sound.

“It roared funnily before it crashed and rolled disintegrating moments after take off,” said a witness. The scene of the crash is about two kilometers from the airport.

The Kenya Red Cross Society said it was it was responding to the scene. The opposition, the National Super Alliance (NASA)  leaders were holding a series of rallies in Baringo County.

             

 

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