One killed, 9 injured in twin plane crashes

By KBC Reporter

At least one person died and nine others sustained injuries in two separate plane crashes, one in Nairobi’s Mathare estate and the other in Naivasha.

A police helicopter carrying four people crashed at the NYS grounds in Mathare injuring three police officers.

The second crash involved a six sitter light aircraft which was ferrying tourists within Naivasha.

Eye witnesses say the plane spun in the sky and crushed at the Sanctuary farm just a few kilometers from the airstrip before bursting into flames.

On crashing four of the survivors were thrown out of the plane while the pilot was seriously burnt but later rescued while one woman died,” he said.

The injured were rushed to the Naivasha sub-county hospital where four were treated and discharged while the pilot of the light aircraft was transferred to Nairobi for specialized treatment.

According to Dr Oren Ombiro from the hospital, the pilot was in critical condition after he suffered 60pc burns.

Ombiro said that the other four all from the UK had received minor injuries on their heads, legs and hands but they were in stable condition.

“We received five patients and the pilot was seriously injuring after suffering sixty percent burns while the rest had minor injuries and they have been treated and discharged,” he said.

Naivasha police boss Titus Munyoki who arrived at the scene soon after the accident confirmed that one middle aged woman had died after the crush.

He said that the cause of the accident was not immediately known adding that they were waiting for officers from the aviation department to visit the scene and start their investigations.


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