Four perish in Nairobi plane crash
By Anthony Kaikai
Four people among them a pilot and his co-pilot died Wednesday morning when a cargo plane crashed and burst into flames moments after takeoff from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The cargo plane ferrying miraa was headed for Mogadishu, Somalia when it crashed into a commercial building in Utawala Estate Embakasi.
The Fokker 50 cargo plane transporting the cash crop to Somali’s capital Mogadishu, came down at around 4 am moments after takeoff from the busy Airport.
Preliminary findings indicate the plane was flying low after takeoff and might have failed to gain enough force before crashing into a two storey commercial building in Utawala, meters from the runway.
The plane burst into flames on impact killing three of the victims on the spot who are believed to have been burnt beyond recognition.
One body of the fourth passenger was however retrieved from the scene of the crash, and a security guard manning the building was also rushed to hospital having sustained injuries.
The huge flames are said to have also reduced to ashes the front part of the ill-fated aircraft.
Rescue efforts were prompt as emergency services rushed to the scene of the crash just meters away from the general service unit Training College in Embakasi.
Police sealed off a section of the Northern Bypass to enable emergency service providers access the area causing a huge traffic snarl up for motorists plying the busy route.
The scene of the crash was also cordoned off as a team of experts was deployed to carry out investigations into the cause of the accident.