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NAKURU (Xinhua) -- Kenya Navy officers search for the victims of Lake Nakuru helicopter crash in Nakuru, Kenya, Oct. 22, 2017. At least five people were feared dead after a light aircraft crashed in Lake Nakuru in southwestern Kenya shortly after taking off from a hotel in the town early Saturday. XINHUA PHOTO: ALLAN MUTISO

Five confirmed dead as light aircraft crashes in Lake Nakuru

NAKURU (Xinhua) -- At least five people ware feared dead after a light aircraft crashed in Lake Nakuru in southwestern Kenya shortly after taking off from a hotel in the town early Saturday.

Nakuru County Commissioner Joshua Nkanatha said rescue mission as still ongoing after the aircraft crashed into the lake with five occupants during the takeoff at around 6.20 a.m., with some occupants being journalists.

"Five people are onboard. Rescue mission is ongoing.

"The lake is full of hippos and there was no board to reach the site on time.

"The chopper was headed for Narok on campaign for Jubilee party," Nkanatha said.

Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika confirmed that some of those on board were members of her communications team, noting that the aircraft which had left Jarika Hotel had been flying low before it crashed.

The chopper was to later ferry journalists from the hotel to a Jubilee campaign rally in Narok.

National Disaster Management Unit Deputy Director Pius Masai said the team is in place facilitating the search and rescue operations alongside the Kenya Navy.

"It’s suspected that the occupants, pilot and crew are still trapped inside.

"Multi-agency disaster management stakeholders are conducting search and rescue operations," Masai said.

"We appeal to members of the public to remain calm as well continue with operations," he added.

Several people have been killed in plane crashes in the country particularly in the same area in the past two years.
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EARLIER REPORT:

Seven escape unhurt as light aircraft crash lands in Nairobi

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Seven people including five passengers escaped unhurt on Friday after a light aircraft crash landed in Kenya’s Nairobi National Park soon after taking off from Wilson Airport, one of the country’s busiest airports.

A senior airport police officer said the plane from Air Kenya was headed to the world’s famous game reserve, Masai Mara, when it developed mechanical problems at around 9 a.m.

"The pilot managed to make an emergency landing on detecting the defect.

All the five passengers and two crews on board escaped unhurt," the police officer said via telephone.

The officer said they had launched an investigation to establish the exact cause of the incident since the scene of the accident is common with such incidents.

A number of accidents involving trainee pilots usually occur in the area. Crime experts from the police and Air Accident Investigation Unit are at the scene.

             

 

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