The pilot of the ill-fated helicopter flying Narok governor Samuel Ole Tunai has shed light on what led to the incident on Saturday,October 17 in Melili, Narok County.
Marc Gross, who flies Mara Elephant Project choppers, blamed bad weather and high altitude for the accident which happened as he tried to take off.
Speaking to the Standard Newspaper, he said that all the five people in the chopper escaped unhurt.
“I am okay and there is nothing to worry about. The other occupants are okay too,” stated the pilot.
An official report on what may have caused the incident is yet to be established although preliminary evidence suggests an acute mechanical problems as the chopper failed to gain sufficient take off power to enable it fly.
Yesterday evening, a one minute long armature video shows the green chopper trying in vain to take off from an expansive field before somersaulting and crushing on its rotter and tail.
How Narok Governor Ole Tunai crashed. How could they proceed with such technical evidences? pic.twitter.com/UJrdjtXygI
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Among those in the chopper were his body guard and MP Ken Aramat.
The passengers were taken to Nairobi for specialized tests as a precautionary measure after initial observations revealed they did not suffer any injuries.
The governor was departing from Olenkipejus village after attending a burial ceremony of Mzee Tompo Ole Sasai in Melili, Narok County.