Pilot Dies in Kajiado Chopper Crash

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A chopper crash in Isinya, Kajiado County on Thursday, November 19.

UPDATE Thursday, November 19: Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) sent a message of condolence to the family and friends of the deceased pilot following the chopper crash.

"It is with great sadness that KWS announces the tragic death of one of our pilots. The accident occurred at 7.38 am today at Orly Airstrip in Magadi, Kajiado County during a routine training exercise.

"The plane was an AutoGyro aircraft model MTOSport2010, registration 5Y-KWV," read the statement in part.

Thorough investigations to establish the cause of the accident have commenced.

A pilot lost his life on Thursday, November 19 after a chopper crashed and burst into flames in Isinya, Kajiado County. 

The gyrocopter crashed at Kenya Aviation Training School with reports indicating the pilot was from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, a Kenya Civil Aviation Authority representative confirmed the incident saying it occurred on Thursday morning.

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A chopper crash in Isinya, Kajiado County on Thursday, November 19.

"We have the reports on the crash but we are not in a position to reveal the details of the accident," said the representative.

According to witnesses, the crash happened during a routine training exercise with the chopper bursting into flames immediately it hit the ground.

The number of occupants in the gyrocopter is not clear with conflicting information indicating that the pilot was in the company of another man while others claim the pilot was alone.

Investigations have been launched to determine the cause of the crash. 

The AutoGyro aircraft model Mtosport 2010 went down at about 7 am and crash-landed at the Orly Airpark.

This comes a month after Narok Governor Samwel Tunai was involved in a helicopter crash in Melili, Narok as he was fortunate to survive.

The Governor revealed that he was lucky the crash occurred before the chopper gained altitude as they scrambled to exit the wreckage fearing it could burst into flames.

In a separate incident back in September, three people were injured after an aircraft crashed at Maji Moto area in Narok South, Narok county.

Chopper crashes have been on the rise in the past three months after a police helicopter crash in Meru back in July, leaving six officers injured. 

An image of a crashed plane
The site of a chopper crash in Isinya, Kajiado County on Thursday, November 19.
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