Today will be a sad day at the office of the Deputy President after William Ruto’s after it was announced that his personal pilot, Captain Mario Magonga and four Americans had died.
The 5 died after the chopper they were in, crashed in Turkana. Initial reports indicate that the wreckage of the chopper and the bodies were found on Monday morning at around 4 am.
The National Police Service said the chopper crashed at about 8 pm on Sunday at Central Island National Park in Lake Turkana, killing all its five occupants on board.
Captain Magonga, an ex-military pilot hails from Nyamataro, Kitutu Chache South, Kisii County.
He is a first cousin to area MP Richard Onyonka. Two helicopters had landed earlier at Labolo tented Camp on the National Park’s Island, however one managed to clear the area safely.
Security teams are on the scene to assist in the recovery efforts. The cause of the incident is yet to be established.
Among aircraft, helicopters crash at a slightly higher rate than all aircraft overall, according to data collected by the National Transportation Safety Board.
The crash rate for helicopters alone is 9.84 per 100,000 hours. That means helicopters crash about 35 percent more often per hour in the air than your average aircraft.
In 2012, Cabinet Ministers George Saitoti and Orwa Ojodeh were killed in a grissly helicopter crash in Ngo’ng Forest.
The accident occurred on minutes after they had taken off from Wilson Airport in a new police helicopter, heading for a fundraiser in Mr. Ojodeh’s, Ndiwa constituency.