Pilot Dies In Helicopter Crash at Isinya

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A pilot died on Thursday, November 19 after a helicopter he was flying crashed at Isinya, Kajiado County.

Confirming the incident, Isinya police boss Kinyua Mugambi stated that the gyrocopter had two occupants at the time of the crash.

Mugambi added that the helicopter caught fire after crash-landing.

The helicopter crashed at Kenya Aviation Training School.

According to witnesses, the trainee pilot from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) was on a routine training exercise when the incident happened.

“Today KWS is sad to confirm we, unfortunately, suffered an aircraft accident at 07.38a m that resulted in one fatality and the loss of the aircraft. The accident involved an AutoGyro aircraft model MTOsport2010 registered 5Y-KWV,” a Kenya Civil Aviation Authority official said.

Investigations have been launched to determine the cause of the crash.

“A thorough investigation will be carried out to establish the cause of the accident. We convey our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved,” the KCAA official added.

This comes less than a month after Narok Governor Samuel Tunai escaped death narrowly after the chopper he was flying in crash-landed shortly after take-off.

A chopper crash in Isinya, Kajiado County on Thursday, November 19. Photo/Courtesy

The incident happened after the governor had attended the burial of County Finance CEC Julius Sasai’s father at Melili in Narok North.

The governor was with three other people aboard the helicopter when it crash-landed

In July, two military pilots were also killed after a light attack helicopter they were flying crashed at Kithyoko, Masinga in Machakos County.

The Air Force helicopter crashed after returning from a routine mission.

The US-made light attack helicopter gunship MD 530F was believed to have been carrying two people when it crashed.

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