Five people have been confirmed dead after a small plane carrying them from Kenya’s Maasai Mara nature reserve crashed in the west of the country on Wednesday, February 13th.
According to Edward Mwamburi identified to be the police chief for the Rift Valley region, he stated that there were five occupants in the plane and they did not survive the plane crash.
iDONSABI reports that the Police Chief for the Rift Valley region, Edward Mwamburi, also said that the Cessna plane was heading from the Maasai Mara to Lodwar, near Lake Turkana and emergency services have been sent to the scene to rescue victims and find out the true cause of the incident which saw a small plane crash.
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According to statistics from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in the year 2014, some 130,000 planes land and take off from Kenya every year, and the country has 35 operating airlines.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) also stated that Kenya’s air transport infrastructure quality ranks 6th out of 37 countries surveyed in Africa.
In October 2017 five passengers were murdered when a helicopter crashed into Lake Nakuru, while in the year 2012, a helicopter carrying internal security minister identified as George Saitoti crashed, killing all six passengers that were on board at that moment.
However, Kenya’s worst plane crash in recent years took place in the year 2007, when a Kenya Airways flight from Abidjan to Nairobi via Douala crashed into a swamp after take-off, killing all 114 passengers that were on board.
Our thoughts are with the family of the five passengers that lost their lives earlier today.