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