Tourist Plane Crashes

UPDATE: Kenya Civil Society Aviation Authority (KCAA) confirmed on Thursday afternoon, January 16, that the aircraft operated by Yellow Wings was forced to crashland due to an engine fault.

"A helicopter has been dispatched by the operator to rescue and deliver the passengers to the planned destination."

A light aircraft, which belongs to Yellow Wings Air Services Limited, on Thursday, January 16, crash-landed at Mashuru Sub-county in Kajiado County.

The plane, which departed Wilson Airport at 7:20 am had four occupants and was on its way to Amboseli National Park when the incident occurred.

Daily Nation was first to report that the pilot, Peter Almendinger and three passengers, Russel, Paris and Susan, sustained minor bump and bruises.

An aircraft crashed at Mashuru Sub-county in Kajiado county on Thursday, January 16.

By the time of going to press, the cause of the accident had not yet established.

The crash-landing took place almost two months after a light aircraft crash-landed moments after taking off on Sunday, November 25 at Nyaribo Airstrip in Mweiga area of Nyeri County.

The aircraft was being flown by a trainee pilot who is a student at a local aviation group.

Late last year, there was an increasing concern over safety in the Kenyan aviation industry following a number of mishaps involving local airlines. 

On November 2, 2019, a police helicopter registered as 5Y-SFA (Mil Mi-17 Hip) was forced to crash-land on one of the runways at Wilson Airport.

The helicopter was forced to take the risky plunge onto the runway after developing mechanical problems on its final descent.

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