NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
A light aircraft with ten people onboard, which
was flying from Kitale town in western Kenya to Nairobi, went
missing on Tuesday, the country’s aviation authorities have
Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA)
Director General Gilbert Kibe said the Cessna C208 flight was
last seen on radar at 2:02 p.m.
Sources within the aviation industry said the aircraft is
suspected to have crashed at round 5 p.m., about 40 km after
taking off from Kitale to Nairobi.
A search and rescue team has been dispatched but sources said
the operation has been hampered by poor visibility in the area,
which was not disclosed.
Kibe said a search and rescue mission was launched Tuesday
evening following reports it had gone missing.
Preliminary reports showed the plane had ten people on
board—eight passengers and two crew.
The identities of the passengers were not made public.
Industry sources said the aircraft had earlier flown to Homa
Bay in Western Kenya and Maasai Mara in southwest Kenya and was
making last journey from Kitale to the city when it went
Emergency service providers at Wilson Airport and Jomo
Kenyatta International Airport said "we’re mobilized to help
tracing the missing caravan."