Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Bodies recovered from FlySax plane crash site

Bodies recovered from FlySax plane crash site

Searchers on the ground were being helped by a police helicopter, focussing on an area about 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of Nairobi, on the western fringe of the Aberdare mountains.

The search was called off two times due to poor weather even after phone signals from the aircraft were located.

The eight passengers were Ahmed Ali Abdi, Karaba Sailah Waweru Muiga, Khetia Kishani, Matakasakaraia Thamani, Matakatekei Paula, Ngugi George Kinyua, Pinuertorn Ronald and Wafula Robinson. Many people on board escape with injuries.

Search and rescue teams from AAID, KCAA, KWS and other agencies were activated immediately but by Tuesday evening, they had yielded no results.

The two pilots were reported to be experienced and it is feared the aircraft flew into bad weather over Aberdare forest around Kinangop in Nyandarua where its signals were last traced to at 5pm.

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There was no clear indication if there are survivors.

The Cessna Caravan plane, operated by local firm FlySax, lost contact with control towers minutes before it was scheduled to land at Jomo Kenyatta International airport while flying from Kitale, a farming town in the west.

It is believed they had flown into a bad storm. "Following the missing aircraft, National Disaster Management Unit (NDMU) appeals to Members of the public to volunteer information which may lead to quick rescue and recovery", the organisation's Deputy Director Pius Masai stated.

The team reached the site by lunch time local time and established all aboard had died, Maringa said at a second news briefing.

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