Five feared dead in Lake Nakuru helicopter crash

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 22, 2017

Ambulances on stand by on the shores of Lake Nakuru.

A helicopter crashed in Lake Nakuru shortly after take off from a hotel in the town that is about 160km northwest of Kenyan capital Nairobi.

In statement, Deputy Director and Communication Officer, National Disaster Management Unit (NDMU), Mwachi Pius Masai, said they have activated the Kenya Defence Forces Disaster Response Unit (KDF-DRU) through National Operation Centre (NDOC) to bring divers from the Kenya Navy. "There were five on board-a female pilot, including three male passengers and one more female passenger", the statement read in part.

The pilot is also known but the fourth passenger-a lady remain unknown, according to our Correspondent in Nakuru who obtained identities of the three which we can not publish until the next of kin are informed.

"It left the hotel at 7am to Narok but crashed in the Lake", Nakuru OCPD Joshua Omukatta said.

Omukata said that the chopper was headed to Narok County for Jubilee campaigns, where President Uhuru Kenyatta was expected to address a rally on Saturday.

This even as Multi-Agency Disaster Management Stakeholders commenced on search and rescue operations early on Saturday afternoon.

Photo taken on September 9, 2014 shows the submerged offices at the Lake Nakuru National Park in Nakuru, about 140 kilometers northwest of Nairobi, capital of Kenya.

The boat arrived a few minutes after 1pm local time.

The wreckage was discovered by choppers from the Kenya Police, Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenya Forest Service which circled the crash site where the tail of the ill fated plane was sighted.

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