Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has confirmed that an aircraft registration number 5Y-BCL, owned and operated by Desert Locust, crashed at Ndabibi in Naivasha on Monday evening.
In a statement KCAA Director General Capt. Gilbert M. Kibe said the aircraft had three people on board.
He said one person suffered fatal injuries and the other two suffered unspecified injuries.
“We shall keep you updated once we get more information about the accident.” Added the statement
Meanwhile, Nakuru County Commander Beatrice Kiraguri who confirmed the incident, said the plane was on a locust monitoring mission from Wilson Airport, headed for Lodwar, Turkana County and onwards to Ethiopia.
After visiting the scene of the accident, Kiraguri said preliminary investigations showed the aircraft crash may have been caused by poor weather and dense fog in the forest which may have affected visibility.
The police Commander said the accident claimed the life of the co-pilot while the pilot and one passenger on board survived with serious injuries and are currently recuperating at the Naivasha Sub-County Hospital.
Kiraguri confirmed that the police who reported at the scene were able to retrieve the plane’s black box which she said will unearth the main cause of the accident once an expert analysis is conducted.
According to an amateur video taken at the scene, area residents narrated that the plane was flying very low while making bizarre sound before it crashed down.
“The plane was producing some loud noise and we knew something was wrong before it crashed in the forest and burst into flames,” said John Nere a resident of Ndabibi.