By Samuel Ouma
The Kenya Air Force plane on Thursday crashed at Ole Tepesi in Kajiado’s Ngong area, south of Nairobi, killing ten soldiers and injuring thirteen others.
Kenya Air Force Mi 171e helicopter had 23 people on board during the fatal accident.
The 8:30 am (East African Time) crash happened during a training mission, said Kenya Defence Force (KDF) spokesperson Zipporah Kioko.
“Regrettably, following the crash, we suffered fatalities. The process of communicating with the families to relay the information and KDF condolences are underway,” said Zipporah.
She told the media that the injured were airlifted to the Defence Forces Memorial Hospital, Nairobi, for treatment.
Kenya Air Force Commander Major General Francis Ogolla said the gruesome crash transpired few minutes after the plane departed Nairobi’s Moi Air Base.
“This was a very unfortunate incident that happened today at 8.30am… Our aircraft which was on a normal training mission involving several crew departed Moi airbase at 8.10am. As it was coming to land, we got information that it crashed,” Ogolla told the Citizen TV.
Aircraft accident investigators had been dispatched to the scene to establish what might have caused the accident.