KDF lose 10 officers in helicopter crash in Kajiado County

A MI-17 helicopter, similar to the one KDF officers were travelling in

By The Weekly Vision

Ten Kenya Air Force personnel died yesterday while 13 others sustained injuries after the military aircraft the officers were travelling in a crash in Oltepesi, Kajiado County.

According to a statement signed by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Spokesperson Zipporah Kioko, the Mi 171E helicopter crash-landed around 9 am.

Col Kioko added that those who were injured were taken to the Defence Forces Memorial Hospital in Nairobi. Bodies of the 10 soldiers who died in the crash were moved to Nairobi. She said aircraft accident investigators had arrived at the scene to establish the cause of the crash. Kajiado West Deputy County Commissioner Muranga Morakwa said that KDF has been training in the area for a long time.

Before the crash, the helicopter circled in the air for over 20 minutes as those onboard scrambled to jump out.

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