Final Moments Before KDF Helicopter Crashed, Killing 2

  • Witnesses at the accident scene in Machakos on Monday, July 13, 2020.
    Witnesses at the accident scene in Machakos on Monday, July 13, 2020.
  • An eye witness detailed the final moments before a Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) helicopter crashed at Kanyonga in Kithyoko, Masinga Sub-county on Monday, July 14.

    Ann Kaluki, who was busy working in her farm, narrated how she saw a helicopter flying precariously close to the ground and immediately told her friend that she had a feeling that the chopper was about to come tumbling down.

    “I saw a plane falling towards us and I started screaming. My screams attracted a huge crowd," Kaluki told Daily Nation.

    Wreckage of a military helicopter that crashed in Machakos County on Monday, July 13, 2020.
    Wreckage of a military helicopter that crashed in Machakos County on Monday, July 13, 2020.
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    Soon after, Kaluki stated that the helicopter fell on nearby trees.

    When she took a closer look, she realised that one of the pilots was still alive and called on other locals to come and help.

    However, the locals were hesitant and assumed that they would be infected with COVID-19.

    “Those young men came and found him still strapped by his seat belt, but speculation on coronavirus and fear of the plane bursting into flames made them fear,” she disclosed.

    Another witness backed up Kaluki's sentiments, stating that the injured pilot raised his hand but locals did not know how to conduct first aid on him.

    "We just stood there fearing he could be infected with Covid-19,” he weighed in.

    A statement released by KDF on Monday indicated that the occupants in the plane were senior military officers of the rank of Major, who were on a training flight.

    "On board were two pilots, who have since been evacuated from the crash site," KDF stated.

    The incident came a month after an AgustaWestland AW119 chopper registration number 5Y NPW on June 13, crashed at a farm in Kaithe Kithoka, Meru County.

    A plane crash at Kaithe Kithoka in Meru County.
    An image from a scene of a police plane that crash at Kaithe Kithoka in Meru County on Saturday, June 13, 2020
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